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Atlanta Streetcar Testing Continues with Overnight Exercises October 13 and 15

October 13,2014

Vehicle towing and traffic signal integration tests may cause delays along route

On Monday, October 13 and Wednesday, October 15, 2014, the Atlanta Streetcars will be conducting further tests to ensure the integration of vehicles, power, communications, and traffic and train signal controls.

The test on Monday, October 13, will have two streetcars coupled together, to test the towing ability of the cars. Most of this testing will take place along Edgewood Avenue and Fort Street, by the Atlanta Streetcar Vehicle Maintenance Facility.

The test will begin at 11 p.m. and go until the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 14. The Atlanta Police Department will be escorting the streetcar and rolling closures may be necessary.  Traffic along Edgewood Avenue and Fort Street may be delayed; motorists are advised to find alternate routes while the testing is taking place.

The second test, which will be on Wednesday, October 15, will look at the traffic signal interface system.

The test will begin at 11 p.m. and go until the early morning hours of Thursday, October 16. Streetcars will be travelling along the entire 2.7 mile loop of the system; the Atlanta Police Department will be escorting the vehicle and there will be rolling closures. Motorists are advised to find alternate routes while the testing is taking place.

Drivers are also reminded that vehicles along the streetcar route need to be parked fully within the white lines of the parking spaces, and that double-parking is not allowed. Illegally parked vehicles along the route will be ticketed and/or towed.

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.