Federal officials have awarded a two-year subsidy to Oregon-based SeaPort Airlines to provide passenger flights from Athens to Nashville, Tenn. U.S. Department of Transportation officials announced the decision to award the money from the Essential Air Service program.
Georgia has received a $4.1 million grant to continue work on a high-speed rail project linking Atlanta to Charlotte, N.C. The money is part of a larger $7 million grant program aimed at created a high-speed rail corridor from Atlanta to Washington, D.C.
The recent Congressional budget deal includes a pullback of nearly $1.5 billion in money meant for nationwide high speed rail projects. Whether there's fallout on money tied to Georgia remains to be seen.