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In Atlanta’s TIGER Bid, Innovative “Beltline” Takes Backseat to Streetcar

Posted by Content Coordinator on Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

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Written by Angie Schmitt

For years, the city of Atlanta has been developing ambitious plans to connect its radial transit lines with a circular “beltline.” As envisioned, the $2.8 billion project would include 22 miles of light rail and recreational amenities, circling the central city, taking advantage of existing freight lines. For now, however, those plans are getting less attention from city leaders than a 2.6-mile streetcar line that would serve as an east-west connector for downtown.

Atlanta submitted its streetcar plans yesterday to the federal TIGER program, which will be awarding transportation grants to cities around the country on a competitive basis. In order to improve Atlanta’s chances, a separate application for $13 million to begin trail development on the Beltline was taken off the table.

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