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Operators test Atlanta Streetcar in July for fall opening

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Atlanta's new streetcar opens for business in a few months, but officials are putting the final touches on the new cars by testing them starting in early July.

The tracks for the electric-powered streetcars and the tethered power cables are installed, and will run along the streetcar's 2.7 mile loop.

It runs along Edgewood and Auburn Avenues in downtown Atlanta. The streetcar makes a total 12 stops near downtown shops, restaurants and attractions, like the Georgia Aquarium and new Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Atlanta Streetcar spokeswoman Sharon Gavin told CBS46 reporter Donna Rapado all the streetcars have been delivered.

Gavin said operators and regulators will spend up to three months now testing the streetcars to make sure they run properly and certify them for public use.

The next few months will help the public get used to the streetcars, which are big, but quiet because they are electric-powered.

"It gives time to for Atlanta drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to get used to operating with a streetcar in the environment as well," Gavin explained.

Officials expect tourists will enjoy the quiet, sleek cars. They also think it will appeal to people who enjoy city living and those who want to explore the area in a new way.

"When I travel I think, ‘well I wanna go where the real people go, and not just around the hotel district.' And the streetcar can take you to where there's music, and there's really great restaurants and entertainment," Gavin said. "It's a form of transit for people who live and work downtown. I live downtown, and I would be able to take the streetcar to say, the Sweet Auburn Market to do my shopping or to the restaurants along Edgewood and Auburn."

Atlanta Streetcar has proposed a list of fares to ride that the city council will consider July 15. In it, a "one-way" trip costs $1, a "one-day" pass is $3 and you can get up to a 30-day pass for $40.

Gavin said operators and regulators will test for 60 to 90 days. If all goes well, the public will be able to start riding the streetcar by the fall.

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