Tracks along Luckie Street near Cone Street. There will be a stop at Cone Street. Photos along the route of the downtown streetcar, shot Thursday, February 27, 2014. Less than three months from the planned launch of the new Atlanta Streetcar service, the city has yet to decide who will operate and maintain it.
Photo: Kent D. Johnson
Photo: Kent D. Johnson

Atlanta’s streetcar launch, costs in flux

Atlanta’s first streetcar system in more than half a century, a $100 million venture aimed at revitalizing downtown, will launch later and cost significantly more to operate than city officials anticipated.

The cars are arriving. The tracks are nearly all laid. But the most basic question — who will manage the day-to-day operations — is still unsettled.

Emails obtained exclusively by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution show that Atlanta city officials are still weighing options for who will operate and maintain the 2.7-mile system — MARTA, a third-party vendor, or even the city itself.

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