Hulsey Yard
Critical Mass "In the Yard"

Smart Mobility - Local residents are gathering input for a family-friendly bikeway with park space, high density residential, one or more corporate headquarters to drive the effort to create more greenspace, smooth and level mobile storefront routes for free shuttle service to downtown and Decatur, and improved car and train travel throughout the corridor.

Narrow Trenches
Not this wide-style used in Los Angeles

To create walkable tree-lined streets and park space, three narrow trenches would allow for canopy tree coverage, unlike the wide trenches used in Los Angeles.

Tilford Yard

Located northwest of Atlanta, Tilford Yard will
also be transformed in the years ahead.

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Narrow trenches would allow for tree
canopy over underground freight rail.

Reenvisioning Atlanta's CSX Corridors

Now that Hulsey Yard is no longer a freight yard, the city has an opportunity to move freight trains underground from downtown to Decatur. Similar undergrounding from Downtown to McDonough Ave could include the creation of a town center by repurposing the Historic Federal Prison to usher forth a new renaissance in South Atlanta.

Initial trench work at Hulsey could focus on the south side of the yard to avoid disrupting train traffic during construction. Narrow train trenches would allow for canopy trees. The trench height could range from 42 to 55 feet, with the lower 30 feet for freight rail and the upper 20 feet for cars overpasses below the surface area (at the level of Krog Tunnel). Cars could thereby enter below-ground parking without disrupting bikes, pedestrians and shuttles traveling east-west above.

On the south side of the MARTA rail, where the CSX rail currently resides, a new level route for free mobile storefront shuttles and shared micro-mobility vehicles could connect area residents to downtown and Decatur while allowing MARTA rail to focus on fast throughput.

The lower elevation of the rail trenches would bring water to Hulsey, which could be pumped above groundlevel using solar energy. By storing the water in a lake on a hill during the day, energy could be generated at night by cycling the water through turbines amid several lakes using mycofiltration to clean storm water. An amphitheater on the northeast side of the hill could face the downtown skyline.

The freight rail bridge at the 75/85 freeway could be replaced with a rail tunnel, while raising the current dip in the freeway. The Decatur Street bridge could be raised and and a pivoted addition could connect to an express route to Hulsey Yard over once the tracks are moved into trenches.

Olmstead's Urban Parkway design as inspiration for designing Complete Urban Streets

Organizing the complexity of transit modes using Olmstead's 3-roadway design, which is today referred to as a multi-way boulevard. Side roadways are traffic-calmed, suitable for bikes. The return of "Prominading" - being seen on the street in large gatherings. MacDonald, Elizabeth (2014) “Pleasure Drives and Promenades: The Olmsted Parkway Idea as Inspiration for Today’s Complete Streets”, 34-minute video from GT 2014-06-02 Olmsted Symposium




Results from 2019 pop-up studio community survey provided by the Lord Aeck Sargent:






Hulsey Yard Master Plan - Neighborhood Coalition Website

Glenwood Complete Streets - Transit Lanes and Family-Friendly Biking

Grant Park Gateway - Evolution of the Parking Deck at Zoo Atlanta

Mobile Storefronts - On Demand Retail / Toyota e-Palette



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Hulsey Yard at 382 seconds