When the City of Atlanta first started envisioning a streetcar renaissance, the centerpiece idea was the “Peachtree Streetcar.”
Study after study showed that the corridor that had the greatest potential for ridership, economic development and private funding was along Peachtree Street from downtown to Midtown and eventually towards Buckhead.
Those initial plans also called for an east-west line to connect Centennial Olympic Park with the King Center along the Auburn Avenue and Edgewood Avenue corridor.
Fortunately, the city was able to secure federal funding to develop the downtown east-west line.
But today, it seems as though a severe case of amnesia has hit the City of Atlanta when it comes to the other all-important leg — the Peachtree Streetcar.
For reasons that can not be easily explained, the Peachtree Streetcar has gone from being the top priority to hardly making the list.
At the same time, the development of streetcars along the Atlanta BeltLine — both on the Eastside (where there would be a half-mile extension to connect to the streetcar serving the King Center, and on the Westside — have emerged as the highest priority
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