A new study finds that people in major metropolitan areas are using passenger rail much more than they were 15 years ago, and it comes as state lawmakers are considering a bill that would revive rail service from Atlanta to Macon.
Amtrak officials say, more Georgians got on and off their trains last year than any year before. Amtrak's Georgia ridership broke 200,000 passengers for the first in 2011. This comes as Amtrak expects major cuts in federal funding.
Passenger rail proponents are investing funds into a study to bring back a train between Savannah and Atlanta. The last time a person could hop a train from the big city to the coast was 1971. Any new service would face incredible odds. But the new group's aim is to start small and build support.