Streetcar Test Runs To Begin As Early As Next Week

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Atlantans could see streetcars running in downtown as early as next week.

Trial runs without passengers will take place over the next two to three months. Streetcar spokeswoman Sharon Gavin says safety is the priority.

“1949 was the last time a streetcar ran here. There’s going to be some readjustment for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists along the route and we want to make sure we’re doing everything right,” said Gavin.

Before passengers can ride, the city’s four streetcars all need to clock dozens of miles on the new tracks. After the trial period, state and federal regulators will need to sign off.

The $100 million streetcar project is more than a year behind schedule and several millions over budget.

City officials say it’ll be ready for passengers by the end of the year.