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Transit is at the heart of the Atlanta BeltLine. It was the key innovation proposed by Ryan Gravel’s thesis in 1999. The original concept was to build public transit on the 22-mile Atlanta BeltLine corridor, linking to the MARTA system in all four quadrants of the city. This idea carried over to the Atlanta BeltLine Redevelopment Plan, adopted by City Council in 2005. Since that time, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., the City of Atlanta, and MARTA have worked collaboratively to advance transit on the Atlanta BeltLine, and in the city, through planning studies and the federal process.
Transit along the Atlanta BeltLine moved several steps closer to reality in 2011 and 2012. Critical studies and documents progressed significantly through public input and technical analyses and two sections of the Right of Way were secured through long term lease and purchase options with the Georgia Department of Transportation. To date, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and its partners have secured 9.2 miles of right of way along the Atlanta BeltLine Corridor.