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Atlanta city officials say it will take about a year before MARTA takes over operation of the Atlanta Streetcar.


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Earlier this week, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced that MARTA will become the sole operator of the streetcar system, which went into service in late 2014.


Atlanta Streetcar near Centennial Park
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The Atlanta Streetcar is offering other cities a lesson – in what not to do.

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In the District of Columbia, the executive director of the District Department of Transportation said he will keep the streetcar free for the next four years.

Employees raised $70,000 for this year’s gift giveaway, which continues this 30-year tradition of providing presents for the children of families in need.  New to this year’s giveaway are tablets that some children will receive.
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Wednesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

The Atlanta Streetcar during a usual trip.
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The city of Atlanta launched a mobile app for the Atlanta Streetcar after nearly a year-long delay.

The city's deputy chief operating officer, William Johnson, said the app should help the city generate a little more revenue.

Right now, he said, only about 53 percent of riders are actually paying for tickets.