A rendering of the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail at Memorial Drive (including future rail). Courtesy Atlanta BeltLine.

The City of Atlanta has officially secured $2.8 million to advance the extension of light rail to the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail and Eastside Trails. The announcement was made Tuesday night at the BeltLine’s Fourth Quarter Briefing held at Atlanta Technical College.
According to BeltLine officials, the work funded by the $2.8 million will include “geotechnical and utility surveys to clarify impacts and costs of the preferred alignment in support of transit build-out with MARTA and the City. It will also provide data that can help determine potential station locations.”
A timeline for completion of the project was not announced.
Also announced at the briefing: Astra Group will build the first phase of the paved Southside Trail between University Ave and Pittsburgh Yards on the western portion of the trail.
The BeltLine was recently denied a $16 million federal grant to begin work on paving the eastern portion of the trail that begins at Bill Kennedy Way at Memorial Drive.
You can watch video of the briefing at facebook.com/atlantabeltline.

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.