The first section of track for the new Atlanta Streetcar project began installation yesterday on Edgewood Avenue. Crews lowered seven sections of rail into the track bed near the intersection of Bell Street and will continue the installation east along Edgewood Avenue towards Jackson Street. This is the first time in more than 60 years that Atlanta has had streetcar tracks.

The Atlanta Streetcar project is a cooperative effort by the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) and MARTA. The 2.7-mile line will run through the heart of Atlanta’s business, tourism and convention corridor, bringing jobs and new economic development to the city. It is expected to serve as a catalyst for millions of dollars in new residential, office and retail development.

Each section of rail is approximately 80 feet in length and weighs 3,040 lbs. Construction contractors forecast completing one block of track installation every three to four weeks.

The streetcar line will include 12 stops with access to major attractions like the World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, the Georgia Aquarium, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the historic Auburn Avenue corridor, the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement. The line, which reconnects the two halves of downtown that were disconnected by freeway construction, will also directly connect with MARTA’s rail and bus systems, and will have eventual connectivity to the Atlanta BeltLine. New bicycle facilities, upgraded sidewalks and pedestrian environments are all part of the Atlanta Streetcar project.