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What’s fare? – Atlanta proposes rates for streetcar

Kirkwood and East Lake Metro ATL

What’s fare? – Atlanta proposes rates for streetcar

Photo obtained via http://streetcar.atlantaga.gov/
Photo obtained via http://streetcar.atlantaga.gov/

Photo obtained via http://streetcar.atlantaga.gov/

The city of Atlanta is asking residents to weigh in on the proposed fees to ride the city’s forthcoming streetcar, a 2.7 mile east-to-west loop that will connect tourist hot spots in the city’s downtown.

Neighborhood Planning Unit – O, which represents Kirkwood, East Lake and Edgewood residents, gave the rate structure the thumbs up at its June 24 meeting.

If the City Council adopts the current structure, the cost to ride the street car will be:

$1 – One way trip

$0 – For children accompanying an adult

$3 – For a day pass

$11 – For a weekly pass

$40 – For a monthly pass

$10 – For a five-day visitor pass

Sharon Gavin, communications director for the Atlanta streetcar project, took questions during the NPU meeting.

“We’ve got all four streetcars in,” Gavin told NPU. “The rails are completed now. The overhead wires are up.”

She said the streetcar system will work with MARTA Breeze Cards. She said the city will begin testing the street cars on the rails in July, and testing will take 60 to 90 days. The project – budgeted at $93 million – is behind schedule and was supposed to open in May, Gavin said. She said the streetcar will open later this year, but there is no projected start date.

According to a project fact-sheet, the proposed streetcar schedule is:

– 5 am to 11 pm weekdays

– 8:30 am to 11:00 pm Saturday

– 9:00 am to 10:30 pm Sunday

Gavin provided a slightly different schedule during the NPU meeting, saying the hours will be:

– 6 am to 11 pm, Monday- Thursday

–  6 am to 1 am, Friday

– 8:30 am 1 am, Saturday

– 9 am to 11 pm, Sunday