ATLANTA -- It's a multi-billion dollar rails-to-trails project that could be coming right through your backyard without you even knowing it.
The Atlanta Beltline has been discussed and dreamed about for years, but now the results are becoming more visible. More than two miles of finished trail way will open this summer. It will run from Piedmont Park back to the old City Hall East building on Ponce and beyond to Inman Park.
The Beltline's railroad infrastructure has been in place since the 1880's, long before highways piled up all around it. That means while most of the rails have been unused for decades, the majority of the bridges are still intact. In theory, a new streetcar system built on the old trail network will easily whisk passengers all around the city. It would then connect the Beltline streetcars into the Downtown streetcars and the MARTA system. The 22-mile railway would also join new and existing parks all over the city.