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The building of the modern Atlanta Streetcar represents the first step in the dawning of a new era for transit – one that will begin to transform how we get around in our community. The section that opened for use in December 2014 represents Phase One of a grand vision for the Atlanta Streetcar. In the coming years, additional lines are planned, and project developers intend to expand service to additional neighborhoods and other popular destinations around the city.
Ultimately, the Atlanta Streetcar is destined to become part of a whole new system of local and regional transportation. Phase One offers last mile connectivity to the city center for MARTA, the Atlanta BeltLine and other transit options, and additional phases will expand that service even further. The Atlanta Streetcar makes access easier within the city, and it also functions as a metaphorical link between the city’s rich history with rail transportation and its evolution into a robust centerpiece of the New South and 21st century connectivity.