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Transportation Secretary Tours Atlanta's Transit Projects

The Atlanta Beltline Eastside in 2012  Photo Credit: Patch File Photo)
The Atlanta Beltline Eastside in 2012 Photo Credit: Patch File Photo)
As part of an eight-state tour, today U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx toured Atlanta’s largest federally funded transit projects, the Atlanta Streetcar and the Atlanta Beltline.

The “Invest in America, Commit to the Future” tour promotes President Barack Obama’s $302 billion transportation reauthorization bill.

Foxx visited the streetcar, which was partially built with $47.6 million federal transportation grant and is slated to open this year, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported today. He also saw the Beltline’s first project, the Eastside Trail and adjacent Historic Fourth Ward Park. An additional 2.5-mile trail of the Beltline in the Southwest will be funded with an $18 million federal grant. The Beltline is set to be completed by 2030 but needs federal funds to support its $4 billion plan.

Touring the projects with MARTA Chief Keith Parker and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Foxx said federal funding was needed to accommodate for upcoming growth in the South, the AJC reported.

“Travel times with growth will increase unless you create more ways for people to get around,” he said, and easing congestion will "require multi-modal solutions, good planning and a good partnership with the federal government." 

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