9 ways to make the most of your ride on the Atlanta Streetcar
While Atlanta is abuzz with MARTA and the city's proposed building of 21 miles of light rail lines and other transit improvements, the Atlanta Streetcar is quietly making its reduced-emission way around the Cenntennial Olympic Park area.
The modern electric streetcar will never "clang, clang, clang" like the Judy Garland song, but it does provide an entertaining field trip for visitors and local families and a frugal means of beating Atlanta-area traffic congestion on the way to work or events.
MARTA is set to take over the Atlanta Streetcar. It would become part of the light rail system when the proposed expansion creates a connecting link through downtown along the existing streetcar route, funded with the proceeds of a sales tax approved by city voters in 2016.
But Atlantans and tourists don't have to wait to enjoy a ride. The Streetcar named Atlanta has been operating since 2014 and its East-West Phase One route connects the Centennial Olympic Park area to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, with 12 stops along the alignment in between the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Centennial Olympic Park.
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