Thank You, Atlanta!

Tuesday’s passage of the TSPLOST and MARTA votes paves the way for significant improvements to mobility across the city of Atlanta. This kind of progress could not occur without the leadership of Mayor Reed and the support of City of Atlanta residents. Your votes in support of both the TSPLOST and MARTA referenda clearly indicated … Continue Reading →

Info on MARTA and TSPLOST Ballot Measures

City of Atlanta residents may have the opportunity to vote on two ballot questions this November that could bring significant changes to how people travel around and across the city. Decisions made over the next several weeks could have a major impact on the timing of acquisition and construction for the Atlanta BeltLine corridor and Atlanta … Continue Reading →

Atlanta BeltLine Receives Approval for the First Long Range Public Transit Plan for the City

Atlanta BeltLine/Atlanta Streetcar System Plan Opens Door to Unprecedented Mobility Options  On December 8, 2015, the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) received approval from the Atlanta City Council on the Atlanta BeltLine/Atlanta Streetcar System Plan (SSP). The SSP is an amendment to the Connect Atlanta Plan. Prior to the adoption of the SSP by City Council, … Continue Reading →

A photo of "sine die," or the adjournment of the legislative session, where the General Assembly passed SB4.

Ground Covered in the 2015 Legislative Session

On Tuesday, May 12, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law Senate Bill 4 (SB4) to provide a way for public/private partnerships to finance Atlanta BeltLine transit, trails, parks, and streetscapes. Across the nation, the cost of providing public infrastructure continues to rise while the amount of public funding available is becoming less certain. Georgia state … Continue Reading →

The Streetcar to the Atlanta BeltLine is the Right Track

This article originally appeared in the May 12, 2015 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It is republished here with permission. The Streetcar to the Atlanta BeltLine is the Right Track By Paul Morris The City of Atlanta is the economic heart of the region and a connection point for residents, visitors, and commuters from all … Continue Reading →

Citywide Conversation on Transit Route Selection

Planning for transit on the Atlanta BeltLine corridor and the extension of the Downtown Atlanta Streetcar is progressing. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) has started the technical studies that evaluate the potential impacts of the first extensions of the streetcar lines. These detailed evaluations will consider possible impacts to endangered species, existing parks, historic properties, local … Continue Reading →

Secretary of Transportation Pays a Visit to the Atlanta BeltLine

The U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx paid a visit to the Atlanta BeltLine last Wednesday on his “Invest in America, Commit to the Future” tour. Secretary Foxx’s tour took him across eight states, from Columbus, OH to Dallas, TX to raise awareness for transportation. The Secretary’s visit to Atlanta included a tour of the … Continue Reading →

Atlanta BeltLine Map

Atlanta BeltLine in Planning Magazine

Have you seen the January 2014 issue of Planning Magazine? The new issue of the American Planning Association’s national publication is all about Atlanta, and the Atlanta BeltLine features prominently. An excerpt from Planning Atlanta, a book due out in April 2014, takes a look at the Atlanta BeltLine’s beginnings, its grassroots growth, and its progress with an essay … Continue Reading →

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. Board of Directors Adopts Long Range Strategic Implementation Plan

Strategy Will Guide Atlanta BeltLine Program through its Completion in 2030 Atlanta, GA – Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.’s (ABI) Board of Directors unanimously approved the Atlanta BeltLine 2030 Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP), which will guide the citywide transportation and redevelopment program through its completion. The first seven years of the program generated a roughly 3:1 return … Continue Reading →

Update: Edgewood Avenue Will Close for Construction on April 3, 2013

Demolition and Construction Will Be Complete by April 2014 ATLANTA – Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI), in partnership with the City of Atlanta Department of Public Works, will close the Edgewood Avenue bridge between Randolph St. and Krog St. on Wednesday, April 3. Demolition and reconstruction of this section of Edgewood Avenue, which crosses over the … Continue Reading →

New York Times: Now Atlanta Is Turning Old Tracks Green

The New York Times profiled the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail in today’s paper. It is on the front of the National section in the print edition. Below are some excerpts: “The Eastside Trail, as the path is known, is one of the first legs of an ambitious proposal that has been in the works since the early 2000s … Continue Reading →

Eastside Trail bike rider - Sept 2012

$2.5 million in Bike Improvements Coming to Atlanta in 2013

Thanks to a $2.5 million boost, the City of Atlanta will start to see bike improvements this year. The Atlanta City Council voted Monday to support a package of high-priority bike improvements in conjunction with a number of other upgrades throughout the city over the next few years. Routes are designed to enhance heavily used … Continue Reading →

Funding Transportation’s Future

The following op ed was published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on November 27, 2012. By Kasim Reed During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln pushed forward with building the transcontinental railroad, which helped unite and rebuild America. In the 1950s, President Dwight D. Eisenhower launched the interstate highway system. A few years later, President John … Continue Reading →

Fact-check: Setting the Record Straight about Falsehoods in an AJC Op-Ed

Today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution published two opinion pieces, one by the Chairmen of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, and another by a representative of the Reason Foundation. You can read the piece by the Atlanta BeltLine chairmen here. The other piece, by Baruch Feigenbaum (which for some reason is not posted on the … Continue Reading →

Eastside Trail dedication - Mayor Reed on bike

The Atlanta BeltLine is a Game Changer

By John Somerhalder, Chairman of the Board, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., and Charlie Shufeldt, Chairman of the Board of The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership This page is regularly filled with: Pleas to create new transit and transportation options. Calls for public-private infrastructure investment. Hopes for spurring redevelopment. Cajoling to create jobs. Appeals to build more recreation opportunities. Requests … Continue Reading →

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Time to crank up the way back machine! With Monday’s official opening of the Eastside Trail, it’s hard not to be excited by the possibilities this new public space provides for our city. As we look forward, it’s a great time to look back and see our city as planners imagined it all the way back in … Continue Reading →

Master Plan Rendering Subarea 1

Critical Federal Environmental Study Completed

For the past four years, the transit and transportation team at the Atlanta BeltLine has worked tirelessly towards completion of a critical study that lays the groundwork for future federal funding. The Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) determines the alignment of transit and trails in the Atlanta BeltLine corridor, advances transit implementation, and makes … Continue Reading →

Atlanta Streetcar on flatbed

Sneak Peek of First New Atlanta Streetcar in Production!

The first new Atlanta Streetcar is coming to life at the Seimens factory in Sacramento, California! It’s awaiting its propulsion system, which is being manufactured in Alpharetta, but it will eventually be in service along downtown Atlanta streets. The streetcar is the first in a series of visible, tangible steps that Atlanta has taken to … Continue Reading →

Atlanta BeltLine Map

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers Post-TSPLOST

Q:           What happens to the Atlanta BeltLine projects on the Transportation Referendum list? A:            Transit on the Atlanta BeltLine will still be built out as part of a larger modern streetcar/light rail network in the City of Atlanta connected to MARTA. The downtown Atlanta Streetcar, now under construction, is the first new segment of this … Continue Reading →

Eastside Trail looking north from Freedom Parkway

The Atlanta BeltLine Forges Ahead

Thank you for voting in yesterday’s referendum. As the sun rises on another day of progress for the Atlanta BeltLine, the project endures as the single most compelling vision for the future of Atlanta and the region. Tens of thousands of passionate grassroots supporters remain engaged and the philanthropic and business communities remain invested in … Continue Reading →

Vote Today! 10 Facts on the TSPLOST

Today’s AJC published an op ed by the Chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission, Tad Leithead, with 10 facts about today’s Transportation Referendum. Below is the full text. 10 Facts on the Transportation Referendum By Tad Leithead Every metro Atlanta resident should know by now that there is an important decision before them today. This … Continue Reading →

Transportation Referendum Map

What the Region’s Transit System Can Become if TSPLOST is Approved

The most recent addition to Atlanta’s rail transit system took place in 2000 with the construction of the North Springs and Sandy Springs MARTA stations. The presentation below shows the big picture of what our regional rail transit system can become if the July 31 Regional Transportation Referendum is approved (best viewed in full screen mode): Atlanta … Continue Reading →