City Prepares for Atlanta Streetcar Utility Relocation

December 20,2011

The Atlanta Streetcar Project is a 2.62 mile system that runs in an East-West loop from the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic site to Centennial Olympic Park traveling on multiple streets with mixed traffic. Siemens Industry, Inc. was awarded a contract from the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) on behalf of the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District to provide Atlanta with four new streetcars. These will be the first streetcars in Atlanta since 1949.

Prior to the Atlanta Streetcar Design Builder (DB) commencing work, Department of Watershed Management (DWM) facilities and all other impacted utilities that lie within the Streetcar alignment area will have to be relocated. To help advance the project, DWM will relocate specified sanitary/storm segments in the East Loop. The remainder of DWM utility relocations will be included in the DB’s contract, with funding provided by DWM. More than 15 utility companies will be relocating their facilities in the next few months. Total Streetcar project construction is expected to continue for the next 18 months.

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