Atlanta has a unique opportunity to build the future by cultivating the past. In 1999, Georgia Tech graduate student Ryan Gravel proposed linking multiple city neighborhoods with a new transit system along the BeltLine. His thesis inspired the BeltLine and gained immediate interest and citizen support. Over the years, Ryan's original concept has grown to include transit, parks and trails, neighborhood preservation and revitalization, mixed-use development, affordable housing, cleaner air, and an improved tax base – all advancing economic development and quality of life.
The BeltLine will connect neighborhoods via sidewalks, streetscapes, and road/intersection improvements leading to a more cohesive urban street grid.
The Atlanta BeltLine transit implementation strategy envisions connecting to the TIGER funded Atlanta Streetcar segment on the east and west side.
To learn more, visit: Atlanta BeltLine
The Atlanta Streetcar a cooperative effort by the City of Atlanta, the business community and MARTA to bring to fruition critical infrastructure that will connect the metro area and the greater region. It is the first phase of a comprehensive, regional streetcar and transit system in the City of Atlanta and the region to address issues of transportation, land use, smart growth and sustainability.
To learn more, visit: Atlanta Streetcar
Automated Public Facilities
The lack of public restrooms engenders a spiral of economic costs ranging from clean up cost to the loss of foot traffic in Atlanta that hurts businesses. In addition to economic cost, there is a loss in human dignity infringed on citizens having to relieve themselves in a public place and be subjected to harassment or jail time. The City of Atlanta is attempting to correct the problem of public restrooms by the installation of Automatic Public Toilets. An automatic toilet is a pre-fabricated restroom with electrical and plumbing equipment fitted and ready for use.
To learn more, click here for Frequently Asked Questions
Public Parking Management Program & PARKatlanta
The Public Parking Management Program in association with PARKatlanta is responsible for the installation, maintenance, and revenue collection of parking meters as well as enforcement of on-street parking throughout the City of Atlanta. For information regarding the issuance of parking citations, please contact 1-888-266-1360. To submit concerns related to PARKatlanta, please call (404) 330-6501 or click here to download a feedback form.
Public Property Vending
The City of Atlanta considers public vending as critical component of it's strategy to increase the vitality of the City's street life. Rapid developement in the three major mixed-use commercial/retai/residential districts of the City - Downtown, Midtown, and Buckhead - has added thousands of pedestrians to the City's streets every day. These pedestrians need the goods and services that a well-managed vending program can deliver. The Public Property Vending Progran in association with General Growth Properties is committed to providing new business development opportunities to entrepreneurs interested in providing goods and services in the public right-of-way. Click here to find out more information!
Quality of Life Bond Program & Capital Improvement Projects
The Quality of Life Bond Program was approved by the voters of Atlanta in order to provide for community improvements throughout the City including sidewalks, plazas & greenspace, streets, bridges, & viaducts, and traffic control devices.
Safe Routes to Schools
Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) is a new program created by the federal transportation bill, SAFETEA-LU. The Program's goal is to increase the number of children in grades K-8 who bicycle and walk to school.
Safe Routes to School is a comprehensive program that includes the 5 Es:
- Evaluation - Monitoring and researching outcomes and trends through the collection of data, including the collection of mode share before and after the program intervention(s)
- Encouragement - Using events and activities to promote walking and bicycling
- Education - Teaching the school community about the broad range of transportation choices, instructing them in important life-long safety skills and offering school-bound and school area driver safety campaigns
- Engineering - Creating operational and physical improvements to the infrastructure surrounding schools that reduce speeds and establishing safer crosswalks, walkways, trails and bikeways
- Enforcement - Partnering with local law enforcement to ensure drivers obey traffic laws, initiating community enforcement such as crossing guard programs and ensuring that policies are enforced
The City of Atlanta has submitted applications on 12/15/08 for the following schools:
To find out more about SRTS please visit: http://www.dot.ga.gov/localgovernment/FundingPrograms/srts/Pages/default.aspx
Valet Parking Pilot Program
The on-street valet drop off/pick-up pilot program has been established for the purpose of reviewing and evaluating the overall operation of valet parking in the public right of way. Applicants who wish to apply must adhere to the guidelines established per City Code, 07-O-2418. Click here for application requirements.