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The Atlanta BeltLine
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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?
What’s going to be built next?
- The one-mile Eastside Trail southern extension will commence construction later this year. The Eastside Trail, which currently ends at Irwin Street, will be extended through Reynoldstown. Cyclists and pedestrians will use the Krog Tunnel, which will undergo improvements planned by the City of Atlanta, and will continue east on Wylie Street. The trail will then continue south on the corridor (just west of Flat Shoals Avenue) and end at Memorial Drive.
- ABI is releasing an RFP to hire a farmer for the Urban Farm site in southwest Atlanta along the Westside Trail later this year. Bioswales and a well are installed and the initial plantings are taking root.
- Construction on the Eastside Trail Gateway is underway. This trail will connect the popular 2-mile Eastside Trail with Historic Fourth Ward Park, which features 17 acres of greenspace and a 2-acre lake. The Gateway Trail will be completed by the end of summer 2014.
- Construction on the Westside Trail will begin in the fall of this year, 2-3 years ahead of schedule as a result of the TIGER V Grant funding awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The 3 mile multi-use path will have 14 points of entry (11 of which will be ADA-accessible). The design and construction budget includes landscaping, lighting, surveillance cameras and ramps and stairs to several cross streets.
Be sure to check out the Construction Progress page for more details on the projects underway.
When will the northern stretch of the Eastside Trail be built?
Does the Atlanta BeltLine connect to MARTA?
What is the timeline for transit?
During Period 1 (fiscal years 2014-2018)of the Strategic Implementation Plan, work will begin on the Atlanta BeltLine East and West transit segments. Because transit on the Atlanta BeltLine will integrate into the larger Atlanta Streetcar system, crosstown connections will also be built from the East and West segments to link into the Downtown Streetcar line. Presently, environmental assessments are underway for the Atlanta BeltLine East, West, and Crosstown transit segments. This process is necessary to refine conceptual project alignments, and to evaluate ridership potential, capital costs, land use, economic development, and environmental effects.
Read more about the Atlanta BeltLine / Atlanta Streetcar System Plan.
Securing agreements for the remaining right-of-way to complete the 22-mile loop of transit is planned for this period. Also in Period 1, The Southside corridor will enter environmental and engineering and planning will take place for the northwest and northeast portions of the transit corridor.
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?
How is the Atlanta BeltLine handling public safety?
In addition, the Atlanta BeltLine has facilitated several key upgrades to the Eastside Trail, including lighting improvements and added fixtures, mile markers for coordination with APD and tree pruning to improve visibility. Security cameras have been installed along several points on the Eastside Trail, integrating with the APD’s citywide Video Integration Center.
All future trails built in the Atlanta BeltLine corridor will include lighting, surveillance cameras and mile markers
Will the Tax Allocation District (TAD) funding be enough to build out the Atlanta BeltLine?
- $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.
How can I get more involved with/learn more about the Atlanta BeltLine?
There are plenty of opportunities to learn about and get involved with the Atlanta BeltLine. Here are just a few:
- Volunteer – There are several ways to volunteer with the Atlanta BeltLine. The ambassador program and the speakers bureau are a couple of ways to learn about the project and educate others. You can also sign up for individual opportunities such as neighborhood festivals and other events. If donating money instead of time makes more sense for your schedule, you can contribute by becoming a member of the Atlanta BeltLine.
- Take a tour – The easiest way to learn more about the Atlanta BeltLine is to take a tour. The bus tours will take you on a tour of the entire Atlanta BeltLine, while knowledgeable guides share a wealth of information about the comprehensive reach of the project. Or, take a walking tour with a Trees Atlanta guide to get information about the linear arboretum on the Atlanta BeltLine right from the experts. You can now also take bike tours of the East and West sides of the Atlanta BeltLine, led by the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.
- Come to a meeting – If you have questions or want more information, whether it is general or specific, chances are you’ll find what you’re looking for at a meeting. Community meetings and quarterly briefings are great way s to have your questions answered. For a general overview, the Atlanta BeltLine 101 will give you the basics.