Downtown construction for the streetcar continues

Georgia State commuters can expect more traffic downtown as construction for the Atlanta Streetcar Project increases.

Construction for the project is currently taking place on Luckie Street, Edgewood Avenue, Auburn Avenue, and several other streets around the Georgia State campus. According to the city, all of Luckie Street will be closed until the end of July.

The project is expected to cost $69 million and is being funded by the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, MARTA, and federal funding.

The streetcar will run in a loop from Andrew Young International Blvd. to Jackson Street and will offer transit to Centennial Olympic Park, the World of Coca-Cola, and other popular attractions.

While the streetcar will serve the Georgia State area, students have expressed mixed feelings about the project.

Elizabeth Wilkes, a Georgia State senior, said, “It makes my commute back to my apartment a lot longer. It doesn’t seem like its added anything to the infrastructure of MARTA…but I’ll probably try it.”

Dante Sul, a Georgia State junior, said, “I might use it, but if I’m around campus I’ll probably just use MARTA.”

The streetcar is expected to be ready for operation by May.

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