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Atlanta streetcar makes inaugural run through downtown

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ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Streetcar rolled into downtown on its inaugural journey, marking the first time streetcars have regularly traversed Atlanta streets since 1949.
The official launch of the new streetcar happened during a grand opening ceremony in Woodruff Park downtown, where dignitaries spoke, pastors blessed it with prayers and onlookers snapped photos on cellphones.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has said passengers are invited to ride for free for the first three months of service.
Reed says the streetcar's 2.7-mile route will connect neighbors to several tourist attractions, museums and entertainment venues. The route includes 12 stops.
The streetcar's opening was delayed and authorities have said it was involved in two accidents during a testing period.

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