News Briefs: BeltLine light rail; Piedmont Park project scrapped; scooter ordinance proposed

Transit advocacy group BeltLine Rail Now was expected to present a plan to MART today to build light rail along the entire 22-mile loop of the Atlanta BeltLine. According to a report in the AJC, the group, which includes BeltLine visionary Ryan Gravel, wants MARTA to use the extra sales tax revenue its receiving to fund the light rail. In May, MARTA unveiled a list of projects, but it only included seven miles of light rail for the BeltLine.

Plans for a controversial mixed-use development on the edge of Piedmont Park have been scrapped, according to a report at Curbed Atlanta. Fuqua Development had planned to build 350 apartments, a hotel, restaurants and retail near 10th Street and Monroe Drive, but the city’s economic development arm, Invest Atlanta, decided against selling public land necessary to move the project forward. Local residents and businesses said the project, which would have also been located next to the busy Atlanta BeltLine, was too big and car focused for the intersection.

Bird scooters

The Public Safety and Transportation Committees of the Atlanta City Council will hold a work session on July 13 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at city hall to discuss a potential ordinance to regulate the new rentable, dockless scooters that have cropped up in Atlanta over the last few months. Both Bird and Lime have entered the Atlanta market and riders have been seen zooming up and down local sidewalks and on the BeltLine. However, some residents and officials have complained about the scooters creating safety issues when they are left on sidewalks and along roadways before being picked up for re-charging by the companies.

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