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Eastside's Trolley Line Trail could score money for extension via TSPLOST

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New lease on life a possibility for former Atlanta-Decatur trolley line

A path built more than 20 years ago that follows the old streetcar route through Kirkwood — and ends rather abruptly at the border of Edgewood — could soon get extended, according to a WABE article.

The Trolley Line Trail is one of many projects that could soon see new life from Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) dollars — if approved by Atlanta voters.

Back in the day, trolley cars used to wind their way through Cabbagetown and Kirkwood to Agnes Scott college in Decatur on what was formerly the Atlanta-Decatur trolley line, according to the PATH Foundation’s website.

The site states that "PATH constructed a trail on portions of the right-of-way before the Olympics. It paralells Woodbine Avenue and Oakview Road past Coan Middle School into Kirkwood. Future extensions will connect this trail to the Atlanta Beltline near Kirkwood and Flat Shoals avenues" in Reynoldstown. That's the juncture to which the Beltline's Eastside Trail is currently being extended.

Speaking of which, some revenue from the planned sales tax is earmarked for expansion and improvement of the Atlanta Beltline, too, of course. Other funding could go to trail projects such as this one, as well as the Blue Heron Blueway and Lionel Hampton Trail extension, WABE reports.

If completed, the Trolley Line Trail could connect Edgewood and Kirkwood to the Beltline within a timeline of about five years, officials said.

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