Fri., November 5, 2010 1:30pm (EDT)

High Speed Rail Plans Finalized
By Edgar Treiguts
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
State transportation officials are working on finalizing routes for a high speed raid between Atlanta and Chattanooga. (Image courtesy the infrastructurist)
State transportation officials are working on finalizing routes for a high speed raid between Atlanta and Chattanooga. (Image courtesy the infrastructurist)
State transportation officials have sharpened their focus on high speed rail between Atlanta and Chattanooga.

Jill Goldberg with Georgia’s Department of Transportation says a presentation last night in Chattanooga unveiled a final set of plans, all directly involving the Interstate-75 corridor:

“There are four proposed routes, they’re all basically coming down (Interstate) ‘75’ and then they vary once you hit the ‘285’ Perimeter in Atlanta.”

Goldberg says the plans differ in deciding whether to use utility right-of-ways, or existing railroad lines. A final plan could be in-place by mid-2012.

Georgia’s in a race with other states to impress federal transportation officials and lock-in money for the project.

Next Monday and Tuesday there are public meetings in Dalton and Atlanta to show local residents and officials the latest high speed rail plans.