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Atlanta’s BeltLine Continues to Move Forward

October 8, 2013
Walkers, joggers and bicyclists can use the BeltLine to travel to popular destinations.
 
What was once an abandoned freight rail line is now a vibrant concrete multi-use path and linear green space that is called the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine. It allows walkers, joggers and bicyclists to travel to popular At­lanta destinations like Piedmont Park, Virginia Highland, Poncey-Highland, Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward.

The Eastside Trail is part of a $2.8 billion plan to transform a 22-mile historic railroad corridor that encircles Atlanta into a network of trails, parks and homes that will ultimately connect 45 intown neighborhoods.
 
Trees Atlanta is currently conducting free walking tours of the area, which allows partici­pants to see the emerging development on the BeltLine as well as the hundreds of trees the organization is planting as part of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum.
 
In September, the U.S. Department of Trans­portation announced it was giving the city of Atlanta an $18 million TIGER V grant for the de­velopment of a 2.5-mile portion of the Atlanta BeltLine in the southwest corridor. The project includes the construction of shared use trails, trailheads and access points, and the preserva­tion of the future streetcar transit corridor.
 
“The Atlanta BeltLine is one of the most transformative projects ever undertaken in our city’s history,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “This $18 million grant is a tremendous step forward in my administration’s goal to make the vision of the Atlanta BeltLine a reality much sooner.”