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Streetcar Desires

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This week, the Saporta Report takes an in-depth look at the Atlanta Beltline/ Streetcar System Plan's four phases and, like us, is peeved to find the Peachtree Streetcar so far down the list. "I believe that streetcar lines must first be built in corridors where they can prove their value — where they can attract the most riders and stimulate lively urban developments that encourage walkability," Maria Saporta writes. "A Peachtree Streetcar could help create a seamless central commercial spine that would rival any other business-retail-residential district in the region." A Beltline transit official explains the project pecking order was determined by five "guiding principles" — project readiness, practicality and ridership, equity, financial options and development impact. Hmm. [SR]