"This streetcar project will give people the option to leave the car at home and get to where they need to go in downtown Atlanta," LaHood said in a statement released by the FTA. "In addition to providing safe, clean and affordable transportation options, this project will create jobs, reduce congestion downtown and connect university and hospital resources to public transit stations.”
The streetcar is envisioned to connect Atlanta's MARTA rail system, which leaders in the city have pushed to augment for years. It will also connect to MARTA bus routes.
LaHood said the project would create 930 jobs while it is being constructed and 5,600 over its first 20 years of operation.
The project was one of more than 75 that received some of the $600 million FTA handed out.