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Summery Scenes Aboard Atlanta's Beleaguered Streetcar

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[An Atlanta Streetcar filled with passengers makes the turn towards the Hurt Park stop in downtown. Photos: Jonathan Phillips, Curbed Atlanta]
[An Atlanta Streetcar filled with passengers makes the turn towards the Hurt Park stop in downtown. Photos: Jonathan Phillips, Curbed Atlanta]


The Atlanta Streetcar system isn't yet a half-year old, but it's off to a rocky start. This nascent commuter option has been besieged with staff shortages, staff-hiring gaffes, car wrecks and obscenely long wait times. But controversy is nothing new here. The streetcar has been a polarizing project since it was first announced several years ago, and the cries of "boondoggle!" have never been louder than now. Meanwhile, the streetcar's supporters are preaching patience, and Beltline officials are calling for streetcar routes to commingle with their mixed-use trails as soon as possible. Amid this cacophony, we wanted to capture everyday scenes aboard a few trolleys (or however many were running that day) and show that patronage still exists, despite the negative headlines. Even at the outset of Atlanta's tourist season, it appears that more than out-of-towners are sticking with the streetcar for now.

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