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Deadline Looms For Possible Atlanta Streetcar Shutdown

The city of Atlanta says it will neither confirm nor deny that it is going to hire an outside vendor to operate the Atlanta Streetcar.

That's despite several reports saying the city will get a contractor to get the troubled system on track.

The Georgia Department of Transportation's deadline to address and repair numerous problems with the streetcar is June 14; if the system does not meet the deadline, the streetcar could be shut down.

G-DOT identified 60 outstanding problems with the streetcar. They include issues with organization, maintenance and safety.

"Clearly it cannot be managed in the way that it has been because it hasn't netted the results we need, and so if hiring a professional team to do it gets it done, then we need to do that," said City Council member Felicia Moore.

G-DOT’s issues are not the only challenge the streetcar program faces: ridership dropped significantly after a $1 fee went into effect in January.