Beltline Environmental Study Wrap-up

There are two upcoming public hearings for the community to hear the findings of the Beltline Environmental study and offer feedback. These hearings will be held:

  • Tuesday, August 16th at the All Saint’s Episcopal Church at 634 West Peachtree. There are two meetings, one from 1-3pm and the other from 6-8pm.
  • Thursday, August 18th at the Hagar CTM Building at 19 Joseph Lowery Blvd. Similar to the first meeting, there is one from 1-3pm and one from 6-8pm.

Atlanta BeltlineThe Federal Transit Administration (FTA), in cooperation with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), in partnership with Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI), prepared a Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to examine the impacts of building transit and trails facilities in the 22-mile Atlanta BeltLine Corridor. The study addressed potential effects of transit and trail alignments and transit technology alternatives. The DEIS was conducted in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in order for the Atlanta BeltLine to be eligible for future federal funding.

The study evaluated potential environmental effects on resources such as transportation systems, land use, socioeconomics, safety, and cultural and natural resources. It also assessed the right-of-way (ROW) that would be required to build transit and trails in the Atlanta BeltLine Corridor and the type of transit technology and operating characteristics to be used, modern streetcar (SC) or light rail transit (LRT). These findings will better position MARTA and its partner, ABI, to preserve this ROW.

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