Courtesy Atlanta Streetcar
Courtesy Atlanta Streetcar

On Friday, Aug. 15, crews will begin planned testing of the Atlanta Streetcar along the system’s 2.7 mile route. Atlanta Streetcar 1003, as well as the other three streetcars, must undergo and pass specification, performance, and safety tests to be ready for passenger service later in 2014.

The planned tow test of Streetcar 1003 will take place overnight, beginning at approximately midnight and going until approximately 10 a.m. Saturday morning. The streetcar will be pulled along the route to ensure proper clearances for the track and for the streetcar stops.

During the testing the streetcar will travel at approximately 5 miles per hour, and will stop at each of the 12 stops to measure clearances. The Atlanta Police Department will escort the vehicle along the route.

The testing will start with the streetcar being towed west along Auburn Avenue, through Woodruff Park, north on Peachtree Street, west on Ellis Street to Carnegie Way and Andrew Young International Boulevard. The streetcar will then turn south on to Centennial Olympic Park Drive, head east on Luckie Street, south on Park Place, east along Edgewood Avenue, north on Jackson Street, and complete the loop on Auburn Avenue.

Motorists are advised that rolling closures will be taking place along the streetcar route and traffic may be delayed during the test.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.