Frequently Asked Questions


Why the BeltLine? 

Both physically and metaphorically, it connects this divided city back together – north and south; east and west; young and old; rich and poor; every race, income, religion, and creed – offering a vision for equity back before that was a buzzword…



What is the history of the BeltLine?

This project has undergone hundreds of meetings with thousands of participants over nearly two decades – far more public engagement than has been asked of any other project in the city’s history…



Why not BRT on the BeltLine?

Over the years, the idea to put BRT on the Atlanta Beltline periodically resurfaces with the idea that it would also be faster and cheaper to implement. It sounds reasonable, but it doesn’t work…



Is transit so important?

Walking, biking and other examples of people-powered mobility are wonderful forms of transportation, but they don’t work for everyone at every time of day or in every season… …the Atlanta Beltline will help our region manage significant population and job growth by expanding the reach of MARTA’s existing rail network…



Does the city own the land the beltline needs?

No, but has never planned to own all of the land. The Northwest section of the BeltLine is an active freight corridor owned by CSX that sees 6 to 10 trains a day. The city has never intended to own this land but they are in talks for an easement to use the corridor for light rail.



How Much will Rail on the BeltLine cost?

MARTA has estimated the local cost for light rail around the entire BeltLine to be $995.6M which can be easily covered by the $2.5B transportation tax.



How does the BeltLine advance equity?

While most neighborhoods do need affordable housing, that is not the only equity issue. Things like transit, health, education, pollution, public space, parks, and venture capital are also often equity issues – and their interdependence is worth noting. Transit, for example, can improve access to fresh food, schools, and healthcare, and it often incentivizes revitalization, which brings new jobs and economic opportunity… how-the-atlanta-beltline-broke-its-promise-affordable-housing.png


Does Atlanta own all the land we need for the BeltLine? 

With the purchase of the “Kudzu Line” announced August 6, 2018, we own all the land that is intended to be purchased. A portion of the BeltLine was always envisioned to operate in an easement on land that will be shared with CSX Railroad. Those discussions are well underway.


Is there room along the BeltLine to add bi-directional transit?

The typical design for the combined transit and trail corridor is 55 feet. The ROW that has been acquired is sufficient for this design. In some sections the corridor is much wider and would allow for a greater separation of trail and transit, but the rendering here shows how the two will coexist in narrower spaces.  

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