Thu., May 27, 2010 10:46am (EDT)

Report: Railroads Make Money
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 4 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
Macon Terminal Station (photo by Josephine Bennett)
Macon Terminal Station (photo by Josephine Bennett)
A new study by the Brookings Institution says rail must be a part of Georgia’s economic future.
The advocacy group Georgian’s for Passenger Rail commissioned the study.  It calls for a line between Atlanta and Macon with stops in Hapeville, Morrow, Hampton, Griffin and Forsyth. The total cost, 400-million dollars.
The study says funding for the line would come from the state and federal government as well as the communities that would benefit.  Gordon Kenna is with GPR. He says it will spur economic development and be faster than driving.
“The important piece is it’s going to be infinitely more predictable than driving because you don’t drive up I-75 and just congeal at the Henry County line and sit there in traffic for an hour and a half.”
The yearly cost to operate the line is 25-million dollars. It could be operational by 2018.