- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - The Obama administration’s transportation chief visited Atlanta on Wednesday to tour two large-scale projects.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx visited the new streetcar vehicle maintenance facility and the Eastside Trail of the BeltLine project as part of his national “Invest in America” bus tour, which is meant to highlight the importance of federal investment in transportation and infrastructure.

The first phase of the streetcar is set to open later this year and will run between the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Centennial Olympic Park. The proposal for the BeltLine includes 22 miles of trails, transit and parks circling downtown and connecting city neighborhoods.

“Projects like the Atlanta BeltLine not only create jobs when they’re being built but help connect thousands of Americans to better opportunities by providing better access to work and school,” Foxx said in a statement.

He was joined by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, MARTA CEO Keith Parker and others during the Atlanta stretch of his tour.

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