“Complete the Silver Comet Trail by building the last portion from Smyrna to the Atlanta Beltline via existing Right of Way for CSX Railroad. Please contact CSX and ask them to abandon the line.”
Please sign your name to show your support to lawmakers and stakeholders involved in these discussions.
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SILVER COMET TRAIL
The Silver Comet is a regionally significant nationally recognized trail built on abandoned CSX rail with acquisition in 1992, and construction from 1998-2008. Some sections opening as early as 1998 and others opened later. It is 61.5mi running from Smyrna to the Alabama border through beautiful communities and Georgia countryside. Combined with the Chief Ladiga trail in Alabama, it is the longest length of paved trail in the country. It accounts for a huge economic impact and is heavily utilized.
HOWEVER, IT IS NOT COMPLETED!!!
About three miles of rail track connects to the Atlanta border. Three more connects to the Atlanta beltline. This rail is unused by CSX.
The completion of the Silver Comet Trail is of regional and state importance and cannot be ignored!
According to the the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission, and the Georgia Department of Transportation, the trail would bring an additional significant economic benefit. The trail currently brings in over $100 million in business with 2 million visitors per year, and $37 million in employment income. The extension to the Atlanta beltline is expected to double that. Beyond that, based on existing trail, it would increase land values to the tune of 4% to 7% in proximity to the new trail, including Smyrna, Vinings, Western Buckhead, Mableton and Northwest Atlanta. Finally, it would finish a regional connection for metro Atlantans and the entire Northwest of the state, give better bicycle commuting options, connect the trail to the beltline and future West-end park, increase safety, and offer a pleasant recreational outlet for the densely populated area.
The state leaders are the ones that can encourage CSX to abandon the unused rail!