2017 Semifinalist
City of Atlanta, GA
January 1, 2017

The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive transportation and economic development effort ever undertaken in the city of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment programs currently underway in the United States. The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other. It represents a new framework for the region’s growth, centered on Transit Oriented Development, an unprecedented expansion of parkland and public spaces, and vital expansion of the regional transit and transportation network. As a major new transportation corridor with direct connections into downtown and midtown, the Atlanta BeltLine provides critical first- and last-mile connectivity. With links to the existing commuter rail system (MARTA) and other transit services from outlying suburban communities, the transit component of the Atlanta BeltLine is critical for long-term transportation initiatives benefiting everyone in the entire metro Atlanta region and beyond. Four trail segments and six new or renovated parks are now open for public enjoyment. More than 6,000 new permanent jobs have been created by $3 billion in economic development in the planning area in the past 10 years. Nearly 15,500 new housing units have developed within a half-mile of the corridor, and more than 1.2 million people used the two-mile Eastside Trail in 2015 alone.