The Atlanta BeltLine’s original master plan outlined ambitions to create 5,600 affordable housing units along the trail over a 25-year period. Brian McGowan, who stepped into the project’s CEO role amid concerns of undelivered affordability promises, wants to increase the promised number of affordable units to 10,000.
The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive transportation and economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest urban revitalization programs currently underway in the United States.
The BeltLine is a planned loop of parks, trails, transit, and affordable housing that circles the City of Atlanta. Built mostly in abandoned railway corridors, it will include 33 miles of multi-use trails, 22 miles of light rail transit, 1,300 acres of new greenspace, and 1,100 acres of remediated brownfields. The 8.75 miles of open trails are lined with public art installations and a linear arboretum. The parks and trails are home to hundreds of free fitness classes. The Atlanta BeltLine will ultimately connect 45 in-town neighborhoods, provide first and last mile connectivity for regional transportation initiatives, and put Atlanta on a path to 21st century growth and sustainability.
|Status||Open / Ongoing|
Anticipated completion in 2030
|Design Team||Perkins + Will, Kimley Horn|
Managed and operated by Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, and the City of Atlanta
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Brian McGowan, President and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine Inc., talks transit, housing, foreign investment, and the 22-mile project’s role in fostering inclusion amid Atlanta’s new era of breakneck growth.
There’s growing concern that the construction of light-rail transit along the full Atlanta BeltLine loop may not be moving forward as planned. As MARTA officials work to finalize what they can afford to build with the limited funding available, an advocacy group is mobilizing citizens to demand transit for the BeltLine.