Construction workers laid the groundwork Wednesday for Atlanta's new streetcar project that will soon connect the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site to Centennial Olympic Park.
Tourists near the King Center love the idea of hopping on a streetcar to see the sights.
"Yeah, that would be good. Yeah, I think so because we got lost a couple of times with the directions on the street signs and the highways. It's really confusing, so yeah a trolley would be great," tourist Stephanie Samuels said.
And tourists over near the Georgia Aquarium next to Centennial Olympic Park are also on board with the idea.
"I think it would be an excellent thing. We're on a time crunch here. We came in for the Maroon 5 concert so today is our only day to sightsee and I would love to go over to the King Center, but we don't have the time and it would be nice if we had the trolley because we've seen the traffic in deadlock here," tourist Lisa Renn said.
The $90 million streetcar project is on schedule to be up and running next year, but there have been some growing pains for local businesses on Edgewood Avenue.
"Now that there's virtually no parking on the street we really feel a little bit of a punch on there," Vesuvius Pizzeria manager Al Hill said.
Hill said business is down by at least 7 percent at Vesuvius Pizzeria, but if they can hang on the payoff, it could be great.
"I do believe that the revenue will be there once it's done, but once again we've got to manage through it and take it one day at a time, one week at a time until it's completely done," Hill said.
The project is on track to be a much bigger success in the coming years.
"We'd love to go all the way to Buckhead if we could on Peachtree Street and all the way down Peachtree to Fort McPherson one day," A.J. Robinson with Central Atlanta Progress said.
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