Wed., March 31, 2010 4:00pm (EDT)

Passenger Rail Gets Boost
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 4 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
Macon Terminal Station
Macon Terminal Station
Advocates for passenger rail are one step closer to moving people between Atlanta and Macon.

The group Georgians for Passenger Rail got a half-million dollar commitment from the Peyton Anderson Foundation. It and others in Macon will pay for advocacy efforts, technical work, and other steps towards opening a passenger rail line.

The line would go from Atlanta to Macon and eventually to Savannah. Mike Starr with GPR believe trains could breathe new life into downtown areas along the route.

“This would really be a big driver for the downtown's cause all the trains would come into the downtown areas in all the cities.”

Starr says the money will also show the federal government Georgia is serious about rail. Recently the state lost out on federal dollars for rail to Florida and North Carolina.