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The Atlanta BeltLine
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You've Got Questions? We've Got Answers!
There are many components to the Atlanta BeltLine, and as such, there are many questions. We answer some of the most common questions here, but be sure to visit the Atlanta BeltLine Overview page for more details.
What parts of the Atlanta BeltLine are open now?
Does the Atlanta BeltLine connect to MARTA?
What happens to the Atlanta BeltLine projects on the Transportation Referendum list?
Is the Atlanta BeltLine a regional project?
Can the City of Atlanta afford this project in this economy?
How is the Atlanta BeltLine shaping private real estate development?
What is the timeline for transit?
Will the Tax Allocation District (TAD) funding be enough to build out the Atlanta BeltLine?
The TAD has always been envisioned as the primary local funding source, but not the only funding source. In addition, critical environmental studies and other eligibility requirements are underway to secure more federal funding, per the original plan. We will continue to work to identify other sources, complementing the other sources we have relied on, including private dollars, other City of Atlanta capital funding and federal funds. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. has begun the work to create a plan to complete the entire project; over the coming months, ABI will engage a consultant team and work with stakeholders and the community to form an implementation plan for all aspects of the Atlanta BeltLine, including the identification of new funding sources. To date, the project has relied on the following sources, in addition to the TAD:
- $40 million raised in private donations to date
- More than $25 million from federal sources to date
- Other City capital funds from Parks, Watershed and Public Works, which have played a critical role and will continue to be important to the project
Which entities are responsible for making the Atlanta BeltLine a reality?
The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership is a nonprofit organization formed at the request of Mayor Shirley Franklin to bring together stakeholders dedicated to making the Atlanta BeltLine a reality. Now their focus is fundraising private dollars to help pay for the Atlanta BeltLine and raising community awareness.
Atlanta BeltLine Inc., an affiliate of the Invest Atlanta, is the entity tasked with planning and executing the implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine in partnership with City of Atlanta Departments and private partners. Its functions include specifically defining the Atlanta BeltLine plan; leading efforts to secure federal, state and local funding; continuing the Atlanta BeltLine community engagement process; and serving as the overall project management office to execute the Atlanta BeltLine plan, including the coordination of planning and execution activities with other City of Atlanta departments and managing all vendors and suppliers. Atlanta BeltLine Inc. is also responsible for tracking and reporting progress on the Atlanta BeltLine to the Atlanta City Council, Atlanta Public Schools and Fulton County, the three taxing authorities that authorized the Atlanta BeltLine TAD legislation in 2005.