Hulsey Yard will be busy again soon.

A rumor swirling through community message boards about the future of Hulsey Yard has proven to be true: CSX has confirmed it will reactivate the rail yard in April.

CSX confirmed to Curbed Atlanta that it will reopen the shuttered terminal, but not as a busy intermodal facility. The 70-acre site will now be used as a TRANSFLO facility for the offloading of goods and materials from railcars to trucks and vice-versa.

Rather than the constant stream of 18-wheelers up and down Boulevard from I-20, CSX officials said there would only be 20 to 25 per day and work at Husley Yard would take place weekdays between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Located along DeKalb Avenue, Hulsey Yard was  shuttered last spring when CSX moved operations to its Fairburn depot. Neighborhoods that touch Hulsey Yard – Old Fourth Ward, Cabbagetown, Inman Park and Reynoldstown – worked to create a mixed-use community master plan for the train yard expecting CSX to sell the property.

CSX told Curbed that it still has no plans to sell Hulsey Yard, despite the fact that the Atlanta City Council floated an ordinance at its Feb. 17 meeting to encourage CSX to “consider the future needs of the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta Beltline, and the surrounding community as they begin the process for the sale of Hulsey Yard.”

The reactivation of Hulsey Yard puts another rumor – that Amtrak was negotiating to buy the yard as a terminal for its proposed commuter line from Nashville to Atlanta – on hold, as well.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.