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Southside Trail

A Critical Connection Between East And West

The Southside Trail connects the Westside and Eastside Trails at the southernmost part of the Atlanta BeltLine loop, and will one day be a critical transportation conduit through the south side of Atlanta. This investment in transportation infrastructure will contribute to a more economically inclusive and connected Atlanta.

What’s going on today

In March 2018, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced that the Atlanta BeltLine had acquired the 4.5-mile Southside Trail corridor from CSX. Extending from University Avenue to Glenwood Avenue, the acquisition represents the largest single land transaction remaining to close the Atlanta BeltLine loop. Because this old rail line was last used for freight in 2014, significant maintenance must be done before it can be opened as an interim hiking 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 interim hiking trail by the end of the year.

What we are doing now

In addition to planning and preparing to open the Southside Trail as an interim hiking trail, we are knee-deep in the design process and expect to resume community engagement this summer. Our first round of public input began in 2016, with Kimley-Horn as the selected firm leading the design process. This process will finalize trail alignment, access points, vertical connections, and preparation for future transit. 

More on design…

We will be reporting back out in the community this summer to report out on our public engagements related to the Southside Trail. In the meantime, you can view past presentations on our Community Engagement page.

Rails up!

Former owners of the rail corridor, CSX, are pulling up the old rails to prepare the area for construction. Check out photos from the work!

Connecting Communities on the Southside

The future Southside Trail is a 4.5 mile segment that will connect University Avenue in southwest Atlanta to Glenwood Avenue in southeast Atlanta. Upon completion, it will link with southern end of the recently opened Westside Trail, and eventually tie into the final phase of the Eastside Trail extension, which will go into construction in 2018.

The future of the Southside Trail 

The Southside Trail will be built with the same bells and whistles as the Eastside and Westside Trails, plus the extra lessons we’ve learned along the way. The 14-foot wide concrete trail will have vertical connections, pedestrian accommodations at road intersections, stormwater infrastructure, underground utilities, landscaping, lights, cameras, preparation for future transit, public art, and acres and acres of trees and greenery.

Pittsburgh Yards

Part of what makes the Atlanta BeltLine such an important infrastructure project is its potential to connect communities with opportunities in an equitable and inclusive way. Pittsburgh Yards is one example of a BeltLine-adjacent development that will bring $40 million of economic impact to Atlanta’s south side. The former Annie E. Casey site at 352 University Avenue represents 31 acres of potential job creation and entrepreneurship. The site broke ground in March 2018, and the first phase of redevelopment will focus on small business spaces and a maker hub.

Chosewood Park Transit-Oriented Development

ABI is underway on a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Framework Plan for the Chosewood Park community in Subarea 3. The planning is happening in partnership with the Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA) as AHA initiates their redevelopment of the former Englewood Manor site in the Chosewood Park community. This process will serve as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization and the creation of a new Chosewood Park TOD District.

Project Benefits
  • 63 acres of transportation corridor
  • Connects 5 schools
  • Connects 3 parks
  • Connects 18+ neighborhoods
  • Includes 5 bridges
  • Includes 3 overpasses / tunnels
  • Includes 3 at-grade crossings
Check Out the Trail

Are you excited to see the Atlanta BeltLine’s newest trail before it’s ready for the public? Take a bus tour with the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and you can see it from the comfort of our air-conditioned, ADA-accessible bus!

Southside Trail corridor in 2014 near the Annie E. Casey site. Photo: Christopher T. Martin

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