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How to Get on the Atlanta BeltLine Bus Tour
posted in Get Involved // 04/13/12

Who would have thought a three hour tour could be such a draw?

Since April of 2007, the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership has taken more than 12,000 people on free tours that cover the entire Atlanta BeltLine project. When the tours started more than five years ago, we would receive 20 reservations and were excited as 15 people showed up at the Inman Park / Reynoldstown MARTA station on a Friday or Saturday morning for the tour. By 2008, we had quite a following. By April of 2011, we had booked every tour date through December of that year. While this was incredible, it also presented problems, like, how the heck do I get on a tour?

So, this year we are trying a different approach to better manage demand and ensure that the people who reserve seats actually show up for the tour. We are booking tours one month at a time by opening up our reservation system at 9 a.m. on the 15th of the preceding month. Tours take place every Friday and Saturday morning and depart from the Inman Park / Reynoldstown MARTA station promptly at 9:30 a.m. and return at 12:30 p.m.

Beginning on January 15, we opened February tour dates for reservations. Within one day we had filled all 240 of our available seats. On February 15, we opened March dates and had filled them in a matter of hours. On March 15, we filled our April tours in 45 minutes.

Atlanta BeltLine Bus Tour

Heather Hussey-Coker has been coordinating and leading Atlanta BeltLine bus tours since 2007! Photo credit: Christopher T. Martin.

So, here’s what you can do to get a seat:

  1. Be ready. Be ready to reserve your spot at 9 a.m. on the 15th of each month for the following month.
  2. Keep checking back. Didn’t get a seat this month? Keep checking the tour reservation webpage and Facebook. People sometimes cancel their reservations and we will post newly opened seats in these locations.
  3. Go stand-by. Come by the Inman Park / Reynoldstown MARTA station on the morning of a tour to see if we can squeeze you on. We hold reservations until 9:25 a.m. After that, we give away open seats on a first come, first serve basis to anyone physically present on stand by.
  4. Cancel in advance. We want everyone who reserves to make the tour, but if you can’t, please help your fellow potential tour neighbor out and cancel your seats in advance if you must!
  5. Do not book a large party without the confirmation of each person attending. It happens too often that someone will book 10 or 15 seats thinking they will be able to fill them, and the result is empty seats and other people missing an opportunity to go on the tour.
  6. Don’t forget you signed up for a tour! Make sure our confirmation and reminders come your way by adding tours@atlbeltline.org to your safe senders list!
Atlanta BeltLine Bus Tour

Every Friday and Saturday, we fill 30 seats on our air conditioned / heated bus. Photo credit: Christopher T. Martin.

Large Groups

If you have a larger group, please contact Heather Hussey-Coker directly at tours@atlbeltlinepartnership.org or 404-446-4400 to discuss details. Please provide information about your organization, how many participants are in your group, and when you hope to conduct your tour. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership is able to provide free tours for groups on a very limited basis. If we are unable to offer you a free tour, your group can still choose to pay for the cost of the tour should we have a guide available for your timeframe.

Did you take the Atlanta BeltLine tour and love it? Currently, tours are free, but each tour costs the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership $35 per person. Donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals like you enable us to provide these tours free-of-charge to anyone who wants to learn more about the Atlanta BeltLine. During the checkout process for your FREE tour, you will have the option to give a donation if you choose.

You can also learn more about membership levels and benefits and make a tax-deductible contribution to help support tours and other Atlanta BeltLine Partnership programs by visiting member.beltline.org.

Register for tours online at tours.beltline.org!

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