Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is hinting he has plans for a higher office. The mayor elected four years ago is seeking his second term in City Hall this year. But Morris News Service reports he said at a luncheon this week he also has "other plans" after finishing as mayor.
Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols thinks Georgians need to ride on trains to understand the benefits of passenger rail. So, the freshmen PSC member is arranging public train rides to one of the state’s biggest sporting events.
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.
Two metro Atlanta communities are using federal grant money to study the possibility of building high-speed rail lines. They're projects that could tie-in to the bigger transit projects already being studied in Georgia.
The next step to linking Atlanta through northwest Georgia to Chattanooga with high speed rail was presented Thursday night. The Georgia Department of Transportation says the latest plans unveiled whittle-down more than a dozen proposals to four.
State transportation officials have high hopes for high speed rail in Georgia, lines linking Georgia to Jacksonville and to Washington D.C. The state is waiting for federal money to help those goals materialize, but right now what’s farthest along is a route in North Georgia that would link Atlanta to Chattanooga.