Transportation Atlanta Streetcar

Published on December 9th, 2015 |

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Council nixes streetcar line plan for Peachtreee Road in Buckhead

The Atlanta City Council on Monday removed Buckhead from a long-term streetcar expansion plan that would have routed a streetcar line along Peachtree Road from I-85 to Lenox Square mall, which had been listed as a “priority” extension.

The far-reaching enlargement of the streetcar system was proposed to be folded into the city’s official transportation blueprint, the Connect Atlanta Plan.

Dist. 7 Councilman Howard Shook, who represents much of Buckhead, offered the amendment to eliminate that leg from both the text and the accompanying map. The amendment was approved unanimously.

“We know from previous analysis and discussion that a lot more thought needs to be put into this,” said Shook. “The day may come when the public will support sharing precious Peachtree Road capacity with streetcars, but today isn’t it.”

That sentiment was borne out by a limited online survey conducted recently by the Buckhead Business Association which drew responses from 167 qualified respondents who live, work or play in the Buckhead community. (Click here for the story on the BBA’s survey which listed traffic as the biggest problem facing Buckhead, but showed little support for a streetcar line through Buckhead.)

 

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