On October 1, Atlanta Streetcar 1001 made its first trip around the system's 2.7-mile route under its own power.
The electric streetcars are powered by an overhead wire carrying 750 volts DC; all four streetcars must undergo and pass specification, performance and safety tests to be ready for passenger service later in 2014.
The test of Streetcar 1001 took place overnight with the vehicle traveling slowly at approximately five mph along the route, stopping at each of the 12 stops to ensure the vehicle’s self-leveling mechanism worked.
The test started along Auburn Avenue at Fort Street, through Woodruff Park, north on Peachtree Street, west on Ellis Street to Carnegie Way and Andrew Young International Boulevard. The vehicle then turned south on to Centennial Olympic Park Drive, headed east on Luckie Street, south on Park Place, east along Edgewood Avenue, north on Jackson Street and completed the loop on Auburn Avenue.