Report: 63 miles of streetcar lines proposed for Atlanta

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Imagine being able to hop on a streetcar and go just about anywhere inside the 22-mile loop that makes up the Atlanta BeltLine.

That’s the proposal laid out by the BeltLine during a recent “community discussion” that showcased the “priority” lines for the Atlanta Streetcar System Plan.

Curbed Atlanta has a report and maps showing the lines and you can also read the full BeltLine report in PDF format at this link.

There would be a streetcar running the entire BeltLine loop, but also connecting lines criss-crossing the city including an East-West line that would link Inman Park to Atlanta University Center, a north-south line running by Atlantic Station, Georgia Tech and what is now Turner Field, and another crosstown line that would run out North Avenue.

The plan also resurrects the idea of running a streetcar down Peachtree from Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza in Buckhead to Fort McPherson (future home of Tyler Perry Studios).

12 Comments
  1. Makes great sense to ignore the new Braves stadium. Do people get paid for such shortsighted plans?

  2. Peachtree St. is too narrow for streetcars and busses can more than adequately serve that route. What Peachtree needs to densify is an underground Marta extension. Need to go fast, not leisurely slow. Lenox Mall is already accessible via Marta trains. People need to live on Peachtree in high rise buildings in great density and get places fast just like the Manhattan subway.

  3. Mark Perloe do you realize you are talking about the anti-transit Cobb County where the new Braves stadium is being built? Do you also realize the Atlanta Beltline and streetcar program is about transit in the city and not the suburbs? As far as short-sighted planning take that up with Cobb County and the Braves and not the city of Atlanta.

  4. Mark Perloe it does make great sense. This website is called “Atlanta Intown Paper”. The emphasis is on INTOWN. Do you get paid to make not well thought out comments?

  5. I think this is a great idea but Gwinnett and Cobb need to jump onboard in order for all of this to work. Atlanta recently sent reps to Toronto to look at that cities transit system. A prefect city to study since it has a very good transit system. A few issues with the current system is its routes. The trains obviously doesn’t really approach the burbs where the majority of the population lives. Even with the current system the Marta buses which should feed into the trains are not as full to capacity as they should. One of the things I notice is that the bus routes don’t reach the neighbors as with most big city but instead just rides down the main street. The buses need to penetrate the neighborhoods and not just appear on Peachtree Road. There also should run more route more often to get people excited and also confident that the service is reliable. I do agree that an underground line would be better for Peachtree Road up to Lenox that then would be routed up to Roswell road. A much need extension of the Doraville line to Gwinnett Arena would certainly take a lot of cars off of our roads.

  6. A route goes right by Turner Field. If anyone’s paid to be short-sighted, it’s Schuerholz.

  7. How exactly is a streetcar better than a bus? It’s not faster than a bus. It has to drive on the road and follow traffic lights like a bus. What does this even do?

  8. I agree with Mark. I believe that there should be a split underground between arts center and Lindbergh before Marta exits over 85. The train would then stop at a station that exists right on the corner after spring merged into peachtree and the empty building that is there would be repurposed into a Marta station. After exiting it would bridge the highway and after crossing it would connect with the current rail line that is already in place for large trains. This line would then come in through the back way of west midtown and have stops behind bacchnalia, west egg, and four seasons. Looping back around connecting into ga state station. I think using a line that already exists, repurposing them into Marta lines, and doing minimum buildout will be the key to quick turn around and moving quicker away from this “transportation dumb” city.

  9. wrong email sorry.. I agree with Mark. I believe that there should be a split underground between arts center and Lindbergh before Marta exits over 85. The train would then stop at a station that exists right on the corner after spring merged into peachtree and the empty building that is there would be repurposed into a Marta station. After exiting it would bridge the highway and after crossing it would connect with the current rail line that is already in place for large trains. This line would then come in through the back way of west midtown and have stops behind bacchnalia, west egg, and four seasons. Looping back around connecting into ga state station. I think using a line that already exists, repurposing them into Marta lines, and doing minimum buildout will be the key to quick turn around and moving quicker away from this “transportation dumb” city.

  10. Streetcar usually means trains sharing the lane with cars and buses, and that’s almost always a bad idea for both the train and the other vehicles. Atlanta is not going to be unique in this regard. You’re much better off just running a bus if you can’t give the transit vehicle its own lane.

  11. From what I hear, the Piedmont Park Conservancy won’t allow the beltline to even be paved through Piedmont Park – much less a street car. And the infrastructure bond is already taking many lanes away on streets such as 10th, PIedmont and Monroe away to add bike lanes – so space is an issue. This plan just doesn’t seem plausible at all.

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