The proposed Atlanta BeltLine presents a unique opportunity to use old railroads to connect the city’s neighborhoods and greenspaces along a 22-mile loop with a transit and trail network. The BeltLine Corridor Environmental Study was an important step in accomplishing this vision. The project consists of an EIS of proposed transit and trails, as well as a schematic design of the trail and transit alignments. The study, commissioned by MARTA and Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI), was conducted under the Georgia Environmental Policy Act (GEPA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
TSW, as part of a consultant team, which includes transit engineers and environmental consultants, was responsible for a trail master plan and trail feasibility assessment for the entire BeltLine corridor. The process began with an extensive inventory and analysis phase. Field inventory and reviews of previous BeltLine studies were conducted to generate the feasibility assessment. The initial trail alignment and feasibility assessment were reviewed by environmental consultants to determine environmental impacts and revised accordingly. The complete trail master plan identifies horizontal trail alignment, schematic grading, and trail connections.
A vital element of this process was a series of public meetings to inform the public, collect feedback, and generate support for the project.