What Goes Into Building the Atlanta BeltLine Trail?

Ever wonder about the process that goes into building out the Atlanta BeltLine multi-use trail? What may appear as a simple paved path on the surface is actually much more complex. From community engagement to real estate transactions to underground infrastructure, trail construction goes far beyond the concrete. The complexity and quality of Atlanta BeltLine trail projects require time and funding to complete, and we’ve broken it down into this handy infographic.

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  1. You wrote for #7 that the BeltLine offers “ramp access where the trail is above or below adjacent streets and sidewalks”. But this is not true at places including the connection to Highland Avenue (https://goo.gl/maps/ZyYMd6NaHLJWFKbw6) and the connection to Ralph McGill Boulevard (https://goo.gl/maps/3cG1LERGnKNftTV68).

    Don’t brag about something you haven’t yet achieved — especially since I’ve seen no evidence that the oversights listed above are even slated for correction.

    1. Hi Joe, we connect via ramp to as many public rights of way as possible. These two specific locations were opportunities for connections built by private developers to create additional access to the Atlanta BeltLine. Preliminary design plans from 11 years ago show a ramp being constructed to Highland in conjunction with transit. Also, in certain instances, ramps will not be built if the street-level infrastructure they connect to is not ADA-compliant.
      I hope that helps,

  2. Ditch the rail and just finish the beltline. Get the voice of people who actually live in town and use the beltline not just the OTP folks who come into town to drink on the weekends. Create a depart of the trail just for wheels… ( bikes, scooters, segways)
    I know of more residents opposed to this ridiculous rail bs then for it!

    1. The Beltline was always designed for rail transit so we do not need to drive cars everywhere we go. Most intown Atlantans agree.

  3. Thank you for all you do! Excited to see what happens with design of the northwest trail. With Microsoft to the south, and rumored Amazon just next-door in Tilford Yard, the Blandtown area (EIB) and “conceptual” Culpepper station area needs to prioritize pedestrian and shared/e vehicle services. Let’s build smart roads and trails that connect neighbors to local services!

  4. Thanks Atlanta Beltline, if you weren’t a thing, nobody would be complaining. Continue to do great work in connecting the neighborhoods in Atlanta.

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