Began construction of the Atlanta Streetcar
As Mayor, I aggressively pursued federal funding for the Atlanta Streetcar project and in October 2010, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that Atlanta had been awarded $47.6 million to build the 2.7-mile streetcar route. This was the largest TIGER II grant awarded that year and is the single largest federal allocation awarded to Atlanta for transportation outside of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and MARTA in more than a decade. Since then, the project sponsors have selected a design-build firm, and construction began in February 2012. In addition to the federal grant, the project was awarded more than $6 million in Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) grants to fund traffic signal optimization, more bike lanes and sidewalks. More than 15 different utility companies are currently moving utility lines and have almost completed the East Loop of the alignment. Track installation is scheduled to begin spring 2013. Substantial construction will be completed in late 2013 with operating service beginning in 2014.
Continued the development and expansion of the Atlanta Beltline
Since 2010, we have opened 4.5 miles of new trails and four new parks totaling more than 30 acres, including the city’s first energy cost-neutral park, on the Atlanta BeltLine, a 22-mile loop of parks, trails and eventually rail. As part of the Atlanta BeltLine project, the city has remediated nearly 80 acres of contaminated land and funding has been committed to more than 120 affordable housing units. The city partnered with the community and Atlanta BeltLine stakeholders to launch “Art on the Atlanta BeltLine,” the largest temporary public art exhibit in Atlanta’s history which just finished its third year. To date, the Atlanta BeltLine has garnered more than $41 million in private support and was named as one of the best transportation projects in the nation by the Sierra Club in 2012.
Opened the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal
On May 16, 2012, the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal officially opened its doors at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest passenger airport for the 15th year in a row with more than 95 million passengers. The 1.2 million square-foot sleek and modern terminal features 12 gates on Concourse F and has already become an iconic city landmark. The new facility gives international passengers a separate terminal with its own entrance, ends the baggage recheck process for Atlanta-bound passengers and enhances the airport’s overall capacity now and for the future. The bond financing for the new $1.5 billion terminal won The Bond Buyer’s “Deal of the Year Award” for the Southeast region.