Ground breaks to link King Center with Centennial Park

2/2/2012 King Center in the Press

Atlanta Streetcar project under way

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood joined Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Wednesday at a ceremony kicking off construction of the 2.6-mile Atlanta Streetcar.

The project will run through the downtown tourist district, connecting Centennial Olympic Park with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.

The streetcar is being funded through a $47.6 million federal grant, the largest federal allocation to the city of Atlanta for transportation other than MARTA or Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport    in more than a decade.

“Today’s launch of the Atlanta Streetcar project is the first step in a project that will transform our downtown corridor,” Reed said.

MARTA will operate the streetcar, with 12 stops providing access to the Georgia Aquarium    , World of Coca-Cola    , the CNN Center, the King site and the historic Auburn Avenue corridor.

The city, MARTA and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District collaborated on the project, with the city and the ADID providing matching funds.