Tue., December 28, 2010 7:27am (EST)

Push for Passenger Rail Funding
By Associated Press
Updated: 4 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
(Macon Terminal Station)
(Macon Terminal Station)
The chief executive officer of Georgians for Passenger Rail says his organization will be trying to fit commuter train projects into plans for a regional transportation sales tax. Gordon Kenna of the passenger rail group says a Macon-to-Atlanta commuter line should move to the head of the pack for funding because it would cost comparatively little to get it going.

A Brookings Institution study of a Macon-Atlanta rail line estimates it would cost $400 million to establish service, plus another $25 million per year to operate. An Atlanta-Macon line would cross three regions with different interests. Each region has the ability to pass or reject a regional tax. Voters won't consider regional sales taxes until November 2012.