A report by the Georgia Department of Transportation has a lot to say about the Atlanta Streetcar that has already been said. Unfortunately. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the assessment by GDOT found a lot of problems with general upkeep and returned 55 recommendations for improvement.
The review by the state agency began in October, and the findings were just released last week. Officials found the streetcar lacking in adequate staff and proper reporting. According to the AJC, 50 percent of safety-critical positions were unfilled. Still, the agency maintains that, despite problems, there has not been a single day where the day-to-day performance of the program has been compromised. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has stated many times that these problems are just "growing pains."
This isn't the first time an outside agency has wagged a finger at the streetcar program. Back in September, the Federal Transit Administration sent a letter to the city citing spotty service, a failure to maintain contracts and significant staffing issues. One month later, the city failed to secure grant money that would fund an extension of the Beltline's Eastside Trail that would have created a link to the streetcar system.
· Atlanta Streetcar Hits a Federal Funding Roadblock [Curbed]
· Atlanta Streetcar is Oh So Glad September is Gone [Curbed]
· GDOT latest to raise concerns with Atlanta Streetcar [AJC]