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Atlanta Streetcar Test Set for October 9

October 8,2014

REMINDER: SECOND ATLANTA STREETCAR TEST SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9

Test will close Auburn Ave., between Jackson St. and Peachtree Center Ave., starting at 10 p.m.

On Thursday, October 9, 2014, the Atlanta Streetcar will test its electric power system with another overnight exercise.

For this test three Atlanta Streetcars will be loaded with 28,000 pounds of sandbags – to simulate a full load of passengers – and brought up to full speed (25 M.P.H.) simultaneously. Once at 25 M.P.H., the streetcars will brake to a full stop. This test will take place along Auburn Avenue, between Jackson Street and Courtland Street.

The test will begin at 11 p.m. and go until the early morning hours of Friday, October 10.

For the safety of residents and the traveling public, the following restrictions will be in place during the testing process beginning on Thursday, October 9:

• Auburn Avenue, between Jackson Street and Peachtree Center Ave., will be closed from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

• Parking will not be permitted along Auburn Avenue, between Jackson Street and Peachtree Center Ave., beginning at 10 p.m. on October 9.  Motorists are encouraged to move their vehicles as early as possible on Thursday evening, October 9.

• Side streets and alleys intersecting Auburn Avenue, between Jackson Street and Peachtree Center Ave., will be closed from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

• Intermittent vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle access across Auburn Avenue will be provided.

• Emergency vehicles will be allowed access throughout the test period.

• Atlanta Police officers will help direct traffic and pedestrians during this test.

The Atlanta Streetcar is a collaborative effort among Atlanta’s political, business and transit communities to bring to fruition critical infrastructure that will connect the metro area and the greater region. Partnership and innovation, key qualifiers for the federal government’s TIGER II Discretionary Grant program, are exhibited by this joint effort involving the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, and MARTA.