Georgia transportation officials are planning to hold public meetings on proposed rail service between Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C. There are six potential corridor route alternatives. Officials say others may also be evaluated if they're identified during agency and public scoping meetings.
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.
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. City leaders in Columbus have said that having high-speed rail service to their city is one of their top priorities.
The mayor of Columbus says, she's forming a commission to push for regional passenger rail service to the west Georgia city. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson has put several community and business leaders on the commission. She hopes the panel will help efforts to build a Columbus to Atlanta rail link, one of city leaders' top priorities.
Columbus leaders do not want to be left out of Georgia’s passenger rail discussion. So Mayor Teresa Tomlinson is creating a Mayor’s Commission on Passenger Rail to make sure Columbus is not forgotten. Tomlinson’s commission will be charged with finding out if the community wants rail and its potential impact on the area.
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.
A major commuter rail project that would involve a quarter of the state’s transportation districts—is on life support. The proposed Atlanta-to-Griffin-to-middle Georgia line might not go before voters next year. The state’s 12 region roundtables had until midnight Monday to pare-down their project lists to fit within projected revenues from a proposed regional penny sales tax. While the two regions south of Atlanta ok’d the projects (Middle Georgia and Three Rivers) needed to link the passenger line together, Atlanta’s did not.
A passenger rail proposal from Macon to Atlanta is still on a transportation wish list. However, officials are still a long way away from putting their lists to voters. Regional officials across the state will finalize the list of eligible projects by October.