By now, you’ve probably heard the big news! Thursday, March 15 was a big day for the future of connectivity and mobility in Atlanta. In a press conference, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the city’s acquisition of the Atlanta BeltLine’s Southside Trail.
The Southside Trail is the 4.5 mile connection between the Westside and Eastside Trails at the southernmost part of the Atlanta BeltLine loop. The trail extends from University Avenue on the west side to Glenwood Avenue on the east side. Keep up to date on the status of the project on our dedicated Southside Trail page.
At the press conference, the Mayor announced the acquisition of the corridor in a $26 million transaction with CSX, the previous owner of the former railroad line, alongside Craig Camuso, the Regional Vice President of CSX. Georgia State Senator Nan Orrock (District 36) also joined us for the ceremony, as well as Atlanta City Councilmembers Carla Smith (District 1), Dustin Hillis (District 9), and Joyce Sheperd (District 12).
If you missed the event, you can watch the Mayor’s press conference here.
We know you’ve been waiting for this day right along with us, but please keep in mind that the trail is closed and significant maintenance must be done before it can be opened as an unpaved trail. We ask that the public do not use the corridor until the proper precautions have been taken to ensure that it is safe. We hope to open it as an unpaved trail by the end of the year.