Events around town for Saturday, July 28, Referendum and non-Referendum.

This is the final weekend before the July 31 Regional Transportation Referendum, or TSPLOST, and there are several events happening across the City, both TSPLOST-related and non-TSPLOST related. Here’s the rundown: Saturday, July 28 Eastside Trail Hard Hat Walking Tours (Sneak Peek) – RSVP only, tours at 9, 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11, 3:30. Atlanta Streetcar … Continue Reading →

Lessons from Portland and Dallas – What our Competition is Doing

By Patrick Sweeney, Senior Project Manager for Transit and Transportation Worldwide, top tier cities provide options for residents and commuters. Different modes of transit serve different types of trips – light rail and heavy rail for longer distance commutes, and streetcar for local shorter trips. A network of integrated transit options is key to providing … Continue Reading →

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Ponce City Market and Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Corridor

Have you caught a glimpse inside the two million square foot building that occupies an entire city block between Ponce de Leon Avenue and North Avenue? Thanks to Jamestown Properties, this sleeping giant is experiencing a rebirth. The former Sears Building turned City Hall East is facing a bright future as the mixed-use development Ponce … Continue Reading →

Ponce bridge on the Eastside Trail

Eastside Trail Construction Update

Work on the Eastside Trail has been progressing steadily through the summer. This transformative project will change the way people move around town, connecting neighborhoods to each other like never before and creating sorely needed public space that will redefine the city. We have been receiving many questions in person, through Facebook, Twitter and our … Continue Reading →

Plan B: Toll Roads and No New Transit Funding

Sunday’s AJC had an in-depth piece looking at all of the potentially viable “Plan B” scenarios if the July 31 Transportation Referendum does not pass. Groups ranging from the Georgia Sierra Club to the Tea Party, who oppose the Referendum, have stated that there is a viable second option, or “Plan B.” According to the … Continue Reading →

senior citizens and walkable communities

Transportation Options, Walkability and Seniors

A recent article from Switchboard shows a video produced by AARP in collaboration with StreetFilms that illustrates how walkable, transit-oriented neighborhoods can help seniors. The six-minute video features conversations with residents, local officials and experts in transit-oriented development (TOD) in Arlington, Virginia—a walkable, mixed-use community with access to a variety of public transit options, entertainment … Continue Reading →

Transportation Referendum Questions Answered

The Atlanta Regional Commission has done a yeoman’s job of compiling (just about) every single frequently asked question regarding the July 31 Regional Transportation Referendum and providing detailed, thoughtful answers. Here’s just one example, dealing with the frequently raised issue of the Georgia 400 toll and how the Transportation Referendum is different: There has been recent … Continue Reading →

The Regional Significance of the Atlanta BeltLine and Streetcar Projects

Today’s AJC has an op ed by John Somerhalder, Chairman of the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. board of directors. The piece stresses the regional importance of the Atlanta BeltLine and Streetcar projects on the Transportation Referendum list because of the new mobility options they provide and the large number of jobs they touch- more than 140,ooo … Continue Reading →

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On the Atlanta BeltLine and Cities Around the World

Ryan Gravel recently authored a piece for CNN.com that looks at the Atlanta BeltLine, and projects like it, and how they change people’s perceptions of the places in which they live, and want to live. His conclusion: “…whether they look to district-scaled projects like the South Bronx Greenway in New York or Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon, or to city scaled … Continue Reading →

Freedom Park looking north over Eastside Trail - Jun 6 2012. Photo credit: Christopher T. Martin.

Eastside Trail Construction Updates and More in June 2012 Quarterly Newsletter

Every three months, the Atlanta BeltLine publishes a printed quarterly newsletter with the latest and greatest information about the project. You can peruse this month’s issue right now with our online version below: [issuu width=420 height=272 backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=120627193517-16a52f92b54c4b5cb12ea524a29513da name=abl-qtrly-news-final-scrolling-june-2012-websized username=atlantabeltline tag=eastside%20trail unit=px v=2] This issue’s topics include: An update on the Eastside Trail (it’s almost … Continue Reading →

40 Days to Go – What You Need to Know

The July 31 Regional Transportation Referendum is an historic opportunity for Metro Atlanta. It would be the single largest investment in transit since the MARTA system. This is what it means for the Atlanta BeltLine. Please watch and share.

Transportation Referendum – Atlanta’s 15% List

In today’s AJC, Tom Weyandt, Mayor Reed’s transportation policy adviser, provides an overview of the City of Atlanta’s local projects included on the July 31 Regional Transportation Referendum. Fifteen percent of the money raised from the referendum will go to local governments for smaller scale transportation projects. The really big news here is that “93 percent of … Continue Reading →

Marking out the Atlanta Streetcar. Photo credit: ATLUrbanist.

Atlanta Streetcar Walking Tours Debut in June

As the Atlanta Streetcar prepares to start construction, you’re invited to get a preview on foot of where the transit lines will operate. Join walking tours this summer of the future route with a stop for lunch at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. Tours will start at the southeast entrance to Peachtree Center MARTA station at … Continue Reading →

Regional Leaders to discuss Transportation Referendum at Atlanta BeltLine Quarterly Briefing

On Tuesday, June 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. the Atlanta BeltLine Quarterly Briefing will feature speakers from across the region to discuss the July 31 Regional Transportation Referendum.  The $8.5 billion ballot initiative includes a set project list of regional transportation projects with 15% of the funding dedicated to local jurisdictions for local transportation … Continue Reading →

Brookings Expert Makes Case for Walkable Communities, and Transportation Referendum

Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Chris Leinberger penned two op eds this weekend about the ever-increasing importance of walkable communities. In Sunday’s New York Times piece he explains new research that shows “the most valuable real estate lies in walkable urban locations. Many of these now pricey places were slums just 30 years ago.” “Our research shows … Continue Reading →

It’s Transportation and the Economy, Stupid.

The volume is rising. The “debate intensifies.” Critics are predictably nitpicking the project list for the upcoming Transportation Referendum. What to make of it all? When it comes to the Atlanta BeltLine, sometimes the volume goes up even further. It’s unlike any other project in the region, or the country for that matter. It’s a … Continue Reading →

Transportation Referendum Projects in Bite Sized Chunks

The July 31 Transportation Referendum is almost here. It’s a big decision. If it passes, it means transit on the Atlanta BeltLine in just a few short years, much faster than would otherwise be possible. To provide a better understanding of what the Atlanta BeltLine and Streetcar projects on the Referendum list are, we’ve broken … Continue Reading →

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Upcoming Info Sessions on Transportation Referendum

What will the Transportation Referendum mean for the City of Atlanta? Attend a special upcoming Atlanta BeltLine Study Group meeting in your area to learn  more. Northeast Study Group Meeting When: Thursday, May 10, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 90 Boulevard Avenue, 30312   Southeast Study Group Meeting When: Monday, May … Continue Reading →