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Thursday May 28th, 2015 4:07PM

Atlanta streetcar system will likely be delayed

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) -- The start of a new Atlanta streetcar system appears to be delayed, and emails obtained by a newspaper show it will likely cost significantly more to operate than first thought.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/NgzOPB ) that a key question -- who will manage day-to-day operations -- remains unresolved.

Emails obtained by the newspaper show that officials are still trying to decide who will operate and maintain the 2.7-mile system.

When federal funding was announced in 2010, the projected annual cost to operate it was around $1.7 million.

But estimates released by the city Friday show operating costs likely would be more than double under two of three scenarios being considered.

Atlanta's deputy chief operating officer Tom Weyandt said the projected startup this spring would likely be pushed back to sometime this summer.
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