Atlanta Streetcar Costs: Up, Up and Away

February 27th, 2014 by 1 Comment

First it was to cost $72 million, $47.6 million of it from a federal government grant.

In April 2013, the estimated cost of Atlanta’s 2.6-mile streetcar line to $99 million. (Watch for it to go even higher!)

The official Streetcar site estimates that operating the streetcar will cost $1.7 million annually in 2013 dollars. (It also lists capital costs at $92.6 million.) Back in 2012, the federal government put the annual operations cost at $2.6 million.

But WSB-TV in Atlanta reported this week that the price is now 70 percent higher than original estimate: Operations are now projected to cost $4.4 million.

Read Benita Dodd’s recent op-ed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on the Streetcar:

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