Wed., January 4, 2012 10:15am (EST)

Columbus Feeling Out Passenger Rail
By Associated Press
Updated: 3 years ago

COLUMBUS  —  
 City leaders say that their economy would suffer if rail lines bypass the city. (photo courtesy of Ian Britton)
City leaders say that their economy would suffer if rail lines bypass the city. (photo courtesy of Ian Britton)
The Columbus mayor's commission on passenger rail service is holding its first meeting Tuesday morning.

City leaders have been pushing for regional train service for the west Georgia city.

Today's meeting will include speakers with knowledge of passenger rail and experience in bringing it back to viability.

Gordon Kenna, CEO of Georgians for Passenger Rail, has said that Georgia's first passenger rail line would likely be from Atlanta to Macon, running through Griffin.

City leaders in Columbus have said that having high-speed rail service to their city is one of their top priorities. They say the issue is similar to interstate highway access, and that their economy would suffer if rail lines bypass the city.