The city took delivery on the first of four 96,000 pound cars Monday as city leaders and community leaders and transit crews looked on.
"It's been coming across the county. It has had its own weather delays on that route and we've had our own here," said communications director Sharon Gavin.
The journey wasn't over as crews soon realized the 200 passenger car was too big for the service and storage bay.
Once operational, the cars will travel along 2.7 miles of tracks along the King Historic District and Centennial Olympic Park.
Atlanta resident Tom Leslie stopped to watch as the streetcar was off-loaded.
"I've been following the street car for a long time, and I really like the streetcar," said Leslie. "The more trains or transit you have the easier it is to get from A to B, and quite frankly the less you have to depend on the car."
Leslie's feedback is the kind of support city leaders like.
Especially since some have criticized the massive $98.5 million project that appeared to be more of a throughback to 50 years ago than an actual necessity for the city.
Councilman Kwanza Hall sees the Atlanta Streetcar project as more than just nostalgia, but as a means of transportation. He was quick to point to last week's snow and ice storm as proof.
"To be able to have alternative modes of transportation such as this to keep people moving, keep people going to work and school and to keep places open can mean a lot for our economy," said Hall.
The cars are expected to be operational in late spring. The cost is $1 for a trip and $3 for a day pass.
The first three months all rides will be free as city leaders say thank you from the city for putting up with all the construction and traffic delays in the area.
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