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Old 10-09-2015, 02:11 PM
 
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http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/p...ide-trail.html

Beltline has put out an RFQ for the Southside 4-mile trail
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Old 10-09-2015, 02:19 PM
 
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http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/p...ide-trail.html

Beltline has put out an RFQ for the Southside 4-mile trail

Now this is very exciting!!!

(Does this mean there has been talks with CSX regarding purchase of the old railtracks?)
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Old 10-09-2015, 02:32 PM
 
Location: City of Atlanta
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Before I get too excited, can someone explain exactly what this means? I thought environmental assessments and everything had to be completed before any design was done, and before that, the railroad had to sell the land to the Beltline. I'm extremely excited to see SOMETHING come out regarding the Beltline through Grant Park, but I don't want to get my hopes up if this is just one of those RFPs that results in some cool images, and no action.
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Old 10-09-2015, 03:35 PM
 
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Very exciting!!

CCATL - This means they are requesting people who are interested and qualified to do the detailed design work for this section of the Beltline. It will still be years before you will be walking on this section.
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Old 10-09-2015, 04:20 PM
 
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Ah, Atl Business Chronicle, where I can't read the article!

Anyway, this is exciting! jsvh, I think you said that the right of way was no longer used by the concrete company that had been using that stretch? Maybe this means that the Southside trail will be ready to break ground by the time the South-East extension is in place?

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Old 10-09-2015, 04:47 PM
 
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Anyway, this is exciting! jsch, I think you said that the right of way was no longer used by the concrete company that had been using that stretch? Maybe this means that the Southside trail will be ready to break ground by the time the South-East extension is in place?
Yeah, the last train ran on that track at least 18 months ago. The rail lines are already overgrown. CSX has been going through the lengthy federal process to officially "abandon" the line. But as far as I know CSX still owns it. I guess the Beltline is trying to get a jump on things.
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Old 10-09-2015, 04:59 PM
 
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Yeah, the last train ran on that track at least 18 months ago. The rail lines are already overgrown. CSX has been going through the lengthy federal process to officially "abandon" the line. But as far as I know CSX still owns it. I guess the Beltline is trying to get a jump on things.
Boy, wouldn't it be nice of them (and their public image here in the city) if, instead of abandoning the ROW, they just handed it over to the Beltline? I don't know if there is a cost or legal reason why they can't do that, but it would save ABI some loops to jump through I feel.

If there're legitimate reasons as to why they shouldn't then that's fine too.
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Old 10-09-2015, 05:05 PM
 
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Boy, wouldn't it be nice of them (and their public image here in the city) if, instead of abandoning the ROW, they just handed it over to the Beltline? I don't know if there is a cost or legal reason why they can't do that, but it would save ABI some loops to jump through I feel.

If there're legitimate reasons as to why they shouldn't then that's fine too.
I think they are planning to sell it to the Beltline. But there is some official federal "abandonment" process it has to go through first so it is no longer a freight rail line. But yeah, would be great if they gave it over for free.
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Old 10-09-2015, 05:54 PM
 
Location: NW Atlanta
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I think they are planning to sell it to the Beltline. But there is some official federal "abandonment" process it has to go through first so it is no longer a freight rail line. But yeah, would be great if they gave it over for free.
Correct. The abandonment process is required by law.
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Old 10-09-2015, 06:47 PM
 
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Correct. The abandonment process is required by law.
Thanks!

That's what I was curious about. Selling the land aint too bad either, as long as it's getting done. Who knows, we might see ABI calling in the #BoardtheBeltline people sooner than later to set up temporary trail work.
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