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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 06/18/12
Mayor Kasim Reed and Siemens Unveil Atlanta Streetcar Propulsion System
Engine used to drive streetcar manufactured in metro Atlanta
ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed joined Siemens President Doug Keith and more than 300 Siemens factory workers today as they unveiled the propulsion systems that will power the Atlanta Streetcar vehicles. Mayor Reed was also joined by Dr. Yvette Taylor, Regional Administrator, Federal Transit Administration; Dr. Beverly A. Scott, General Manager, MARTA; and A.J. Robinson, President, Atlanta Downtown Improvement District.
“The Atlanta Streetcar project will be transformational for Downtown Atlanta once it is completed,” said Mayor Reed. “This local project is supporting local jobs and with Siemens technology powering our vehicles, we will have one of the most modern streetcar systems in the country.”
“At the core of our company are our employees, with more than 700 working here at our facility,” said Siemens President Doug Keith. “These dedicated employees not only serve our customers, but also serve and support the nearby communities. The traction drives produced here will be the backbone to Atlanta’s Streetcars, designed to improve Atlanta’s transit connectivity, boost tourism, help business and ensure a more sustainable future.”
The Atlanta Streetcar will reconnect the eastern and western sides of Downtown that have been divided by two interstate highways for half a century. Operated by MARTA, the streetcar line will include 12 stops with access to major attractions like the World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, the Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Olympic Park, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, the future National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the historic Auburn Avenue corridor, and the vibrant Edgewood Avenue district. The line will also connect with MARTA’s rail and bus systems with Breeze Card compatibility and will have eventual connectivity to the Atlanta BeltLine.
The Atlanta Streetcar is the first phase of what will be a city-wide and potentially region-wide transit system. The Atlanta Streetcar provides the “last mile” link from MARTA to important activity centers in the Downtown area. New bicycle facilities and upgraded sidewalks and pedestrian environments are all part of the Atlanta Streetcar project.
The City of Atlanta was awarded in October 2010 $47.6 million for the streetcar project through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s second round of TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grants. It was the largest of the capital TIGER II grants awarded in 2010. The project is a cooperative effort by the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) and MARTA.
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