Overview

A Long-Term Vision

Transit has always been a core component of the Atlanta BeltLine, and will play a major role in realizing the vision of linking neighborhoods, connecting people and taking them where they want to go.

Transit is at the heart of the Atlanta BeltLine and was the key innovation in Ryan Gravel’s 1999 thesis when the Atlanta BeltLine was first conceived. Since then, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., the City of Atlanta, MARTA and other partners have worked collaboratively to advance transit on the Atlanta BeltLine and throughout the city. The Atlanta BeltLine is about making connections, bringing people together and taking them where they want to go. Transit will play a major role in realizing this vision.

History

The Atlanta BeltLine is rising from historical rail corridors that were vital to the original development of the City. Transit has always been an essential element of Atlanta’s growth and identity, and its development along the BeltLine reinforces Atlanta’s identity as a hub of transit activity.

From its earliest days as a railroad outpost, to its central positioning for major nationwide interstate highway commerce, and its emergence as the home of the world’s busiest airport, Atlanta has always had an integral role in connecting people and creating access to new and better ways to get around.

However, the building of rail lines and highways also had a negative impact on communities that were divided, often along racial lines. The emergence of the car as the primary means of getting around the city only increased the equity gap. Now, we have a unique opportunity to reverse course, restore connectivity to these neighborhoods, and provide real transit options that can better serve the people of Atlanta.

How & When

The Atlanta BeltLine continues to seek sources for additional funding, while also moving forward with mandated impact studies and planning processes.

Two major efforts are currently underway to advance transit on the Atlanta BeltLine: the More MARTA program and the federally mandated National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) studies. These efforts support the implementation of the Atlanta Streetcar System Plan (SSP) which focuses on connecting neighborhoods to key city destinations and activity centers.

WHY

The Atlanta BeltLine provides an unprecedented opportunity to reconnect intown neighborhoods that were separated by railroad lines and the development of interstate highways. Transit and the continued growth of the BeltLine will help the way people live, interact and connect. And it will help break down barriers that have historically divided the city.

Progress

Currently Underway

In 2016, City of Atlanta voters passed a half-penny More MARTA sales tax in support of Atlanta’s transit future, which will raise an estimated $2.5B to $3.5B of revenue over approximately forty years.

Since approval of the More MARTA sales tax, MARTA and the City of Atlanta formed the Joint Prioritization Leadership Group (JPLG) to identify projects to be funded through the tax as well as an implementation phasing plan for the projects. In June 2019, the MARTA Board voted to approve the phasing plan recommended by the JPLG and the next steps will be getting the near-term projects, including streetcar expansion, to implementation.

Our Commitment

ABI is fully committed to rail transit on the Atlanta BeltLine. Rail transit on the Atlanta BeltLine will build upon the existing Atlanta Streetcar to bring transit to segments of the 22-mile BeltLine loop, with five crosstown connector corridors integrated with MARTA. In addition, over 40 miles of safer streets and improved pedestrian facilities will be implemented to connect nearby neighborhoods with the BeltLine loop.

Next Steps With Transit

ABI will continue working with MARTA and the City to engage the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to determine the priority of the project corridors currently in NEPA review with FTA.

Upon FTA approval, ABI will work with MARTA and the City to commence with actual implementation processes. A specific timeline for these next steps is not yet known, but a dedicated team continues to work on pushing the process forward.

Reports & Resources

Dealing in Details

There are many moving parts involved in building out a network of trails and rails. These numerous documents, assessments, and maps provide a comprehensive view for these aspects of the project.

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Atlanta BeltLine & TIA Presentation

13 page PDF summary of the TIA as it relates to the Atlanta BeltLine. Prepared by Metro Atlanta Voter Education Network.

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Atlanta BeltLine & TIA Presentation

13 page PDF summary of the TIA as it relates to the Atlanta BeltLine. Prepared by Metro Atlanta Voter Education Network.

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Atlanta BeltLine East Transit Alignments Map

Atlanta BeltLine East encompasses the corridor from Montgomery Ferry to Glenwood Avenue. Particular areas of study include navigation around Hulsey Yard, connectivity to MARTA, and connection to the Atlanta Streetcar.

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Atlanta BeltLine/Atlanta Streetcar System Plan

The final Atlanta BeltLine/Atlanta Streetcar System Plan (SSP) adopted by Atlanta City Council on December 8, 2015. The SSP documents the City of Atlanta’s approach to building out this streetcar network over time in a manner that is efficient, cost effective, mobility focused, supportive of regional transit, and integrated with the economic development initiatives led by the City, Invest Atlanta and Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

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Atlanta BeltLine/Atlanta Streetcar West Transit Environmental Assessment Stakeholder Advisory Committee Presentation

Atlanta BeltLine/Atlanta Streetcar West Transit Environmental Assessment Stakeholder Advisory Committee Presentation-September 9, 2014

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Atlanta BeltLine/Atlanta Streetcar West Transit Route Options and MARTA Connectivity Citywide Conversation Presentation

Atlanta BeltLine/Atlanta Streetcar West Transit Route Options and MARTA Connectivity Citywide Conversation Presentation-September 15, 2014

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Atlanta BeltLine/Atlanta Streetcar West Transit Route Options and MARTA Connectivity Study Group Presentation I

Atlanta BeltLine/Atlanta Streetcar West Transit Route Options and MARTA Connectivity Study Group Presentation given September 22nd and September 25th, 2014.

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Atlanta BeltLine/Atlanta Streetcar West Transit Route Options and MARTA Connectivity Study Group Presentation II

Atlanta BeltLine/Atlanta Streetcar West Transit Route Options and MARTA Connectivity Study Group Presentation given October 6th and October 9th, 2014.

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Atlanta BeltLine/Atlanta Streetcar West Transit Route Options and MARTA Connectivity Supporting Maps

Atlanta BeltLine/Atlanta Streetcar West Transit Route Options and MARTA Connectivity Environmental Assessment Supporting Maps-Presented September 9, 2014 during a Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting and September 15, 2014 during a Citywide Conversation

 

 

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Atlanta Streetcar North Avenue Luckie Crosstown

Image of the North Avenue/Luckie Street line connects Atlanta BeltLine East and Atlanta BeltLine West across town.

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Atlanta Streetcar System Plan Transit Routes Map

This map shows the six planned routes for the Atlanta Streetcar System Plan, including the Atlanta BeltLine Loop, Crosstown Loop (including the current Atlanta Streetcar), Crosstown Midtown Line, Crosstown Peachtree Line, Crosstown Crescent Line, and the Crosstown Capital Loop. Current as of January 2017.

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Citywide Conversation: Atlanta BeltLine/Atlanta Streetcar West Transit Route Options and MARTA Connectivity Moving Forward

Citywide Conversation Presentation: Atlanta BeltLine/Atlanta Streetcar West Transit Route Options and MARTA Connectivity Moving Forward-October 30, 2014

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Download Westside Trail Fact Sheet

Download this fact sheet to learn more about the Westside trail.

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Environmental Assessments for Transit

This map shows the Environmental Assessment corridors for transit along the east and west sides of the Atlanta BeltLine. Published in March 2014.

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Environmental Impact Study (EIS) – Executive Summary

This Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) examines a proposal to provide both new transit and multi-use trails. Tiering will allow the FTA and MARTA to focus on those decisions that are ready for this level of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis to support future right-of-way (ROW) preservation.

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Final Environmental Impact Statement

The main body of the FEIS with an Executive Summary

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Final Environmental Impact Statement – Appendices

Appendix A is a Technical Memorandum that supports this main document with technical data and methodologies. Appendix F contains the comments on the DEIS received during the public comment period and the project sponsors’ responses. The remaining Appendices contain supporting information.

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Integrated Action Plan (IAP)

In 2015, ABI completed an Integrated Action Plan to determine how to best achieve the 2005 Redevelopment Plan’s ambitious economic development and housing goals. The approach of the IAP is practical and action-oriented. It concentrates on fiscal years 2016 to 2020 while establishing a longer-term general framework through 2030.

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Mixed-Income Transit Oriented Development Strategy

ABI, BAHAB, Enterprise Community Partners, and Bleakly Advisory Group, Inc. together developed a series of recommendations to implement Mixed Income Transit Oriented Development. Download the presentation given to Atlanta City Council in March 2013.

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Presentation: Citywide Briefing

Atlanta BeltLine / Atlanta Streetcar System Plan Citywide Briefing presentation on February 25, 2014. Click here to view accompanying transit videos.

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Presentation: TIS / Atlanta Streetcar Committee Meeting, September 23, 2011

Atlanta Streetcar / BeltLine Transit Implementation Strategy Stakeholder Advisory Committee / Technical Advisory Committee Meeting, held September 23, 2011

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Presentation: TIS Atlanta Streetcar Project

Transit Implementation Strategy Atlanta Streetcar Project Presentation for the Atlanta City Council

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Presentation: TIS Citywide Briefing, February 27, 2011

Transit Implementation Strategy Citywide Briefing, held on February 27, 2011

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Presentation: TIS Citywide Conversation, June 30, 2011

Atlanta BeltLine Transit Implementation Strategy Citywide Conversation, held June 30, 2011

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Presentation: TIS NE Study Group, February 9, 2012

Transit Implementation Strategy Northeast Study Group Meeting, held February 9, 2012

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Presentation: TIS Quarterly Briefing, December 14, 2010

Transportation Implementation Strategy Quarterly Briefing, held on December 14, 2010

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Presentation: TIS Stakeholder Advisory Committee Meeting, June 21, 2011

Atlanta BeltLine Transit Implementation Strategy Stakeholder Advisory Committee Meeting, June 21, 2011

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Presentation: TIS Study Group, March 7, 2011

Transit Implementation Strategy Study Group, held March 7, 2011

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Presentation: TIS WS Study Group, February 27, 2012

Transit Implementation Strategy Westside Study Group Meeting, held February 27, 2012

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Record of Decision: Tier 1 Final EIS

This Record of Decision (ROD) from the Federal Transit Authority regarding the Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Study determines the selection of modern streetcar for transit, transit alignment, and identification of right-of-way along the corridor. It is a major step towards securing federal funding for transit.

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SSP (Streetcar System Plan) Final Report

Click the link to the left to download the full Atlanta BeltLine/Atlanta Streetcar System Plan Final Report.

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SSP Tech Memo 2a: Market Impact

Atlanta BeltLine /Atlanta Streetcar System Plan Technical Memorandum 2a: Market Impact of the Connect Atlanta Plan Transit Projects on the Atlanta BeltLine and Central City

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SSP Tech Memo 2b: TAD Revenue Forecast

Atlanta BeltLine /Atlanta Streetcar System Plan Technical Memorandum 2b: TAD Revenue Forecast

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SSP Tech Memo 3: Ridership Modeling

Atlanta BeltLine /Atlanta Streetcar System Plan Technical Memorandum 3: Ridership Modeling Analysis and Results

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SSP Tech Memo 4: Environmental Justice

Atlanta BeltLine /Atlanta Streetcar System Plan Technical Memorandum 4: Environmental Justice Analysis

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SSP Tech Memo 5: Operations and Maintenance

Atlanta BeltLine /Atlanta Streetcar System Plan Technical Memorandum 5: Operations and Maintenance Analysis

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SSP Tech Memo 6: Conceptual Design Drawings

Atlanta BeltLine /Atlanta Streetcar System Plan Technical Memorandum 6: Conceptual Design Drawings

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Strategic Implementation Plan

Similar to the 2005 Atlanta BeltLine Redevelopment Plan and the original Plan of Work for 2006-2010 Budget (Five Year Work Plan), the Atlanta BeltLine’s 2030 Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) presents a framework to complete the short- and long-term elements of the Atlanta BeltLine program. Adopted in 2013, this document lays out a flexible strategy that will continue to be updated over the life of the program, bringing the full Atlanta BeltLine vision to fruition.

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Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) – TADAC Performance Report

TADAC’s review of Period 1 of the Strategic Implementation Plan. Presented May 2, 2019.

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The Atlanta BeltLine West Transit

The Atlanta BeltLine West encompasses the corridor from University Avenue to Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway.

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TIA 101

4 page PDF by the Metro Atlanta Voter Education Network that covers the basics about the TIA.

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TIA Economic Impact

2 page PDF summary of the travel economic benefits of the projects within the context of current regional transportation plans. Developed by the Metro Atlanta Voter Education Network.

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TIA FAQs

2 page PDF by the Metro Atlanta Voter Education Network that covers the most frequently asked questions about the TIA.

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TIA Final Projects List

Transportation Investment Act Final Report PDF, which includes the approved investment list. Prepared by Atlanta Regional Commission in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Transportation.

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Transit Alignment Map

JPG image of transit and trail alignment as determined by the Environmental Impact Statement in fall 2012.

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Transportation Referendum

1 page PDF summary of the Regional Transportation Referendum with economic and travel impact information.

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Transportation Referendum Map

1 page PDF of the Transportation Referendum Map. July 2012.

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