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Streetcar Gets Extension to Fix Problems; Ultimatum Remains

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State to city: Address issues by June 28 ... or else

A letter from state officials addressed to the city of Atlanta Wednesday gave a grace period of about two more weeks to figure out how to fix issues with the streetcar ... or else get shutdown, according to the AJC.

The mandate by the Georgia Department of Transportation gave the city and MARTA until the end of June to address a ton of problems listed in audits by the entity.

Problems have included alleged poor maintenance procedures, inadequate staffing, and failure to properly investigate accidents.

In addition, the Atlanta Streetcar has endured a seeming public lashing from major television and print outlets. Meanwhile, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, for his part, is still standing staunchly behind the streetcar program, saying it is a work in progress. Which it is.