- Date: Saturday, January 31, 2009
- Time: 2:00pm
- Place: Along the beltline tracks at the intersection of 10th and Monroe in midtown Atlanta.
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and Amtrak have created a trainwreck in Washington that may prevent the Beltline from moving forward. Exciting proposals for High Speed Rail and commuter rail have been cynically distorted into a proposal that would kill the Beltline.
GDOT and Amtrak have dusted off outdated plans that have not been part of any regional transportation plan in years. These actions threaten the viability of the Atlanta BeltLine while ignoring years of planning by Atlanta residents.
America needs high speed rail. Georgia needs commuter rail. Atlanta needs Beltline transit and trails. We can have all three, but all three will not fit on the northeast segment of the Beltline.
The metro Atlanta regional transportation plan would allow all of these projects to occur without killing each other. That is the plan Amtrak and GDOT should follow. Atlantans have worked too hard on the Beltline to allow it to be stopped now.
Come out and show your support for light rail transit, trails, trees and more. Meet along the beltline tracks at the intersection of 10th and Monroe in midtown.
Contact: Liz Coyle, email@example.com