When Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen first proposed the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority in the early 1960’s, he had a vision to connect Atlanta’s burgeoning metro communities by rail and bus. Today, only three counties have agreed to pay for it.
The 509 steam engine train sits in Macon's Central City Park as it has for decades. The Georgia State Railroad Museum in Savannah is negotiating with Macon-Bibb to bring her east. But Macon park leaders are torn by the prospect of losing the train.
A study indicates that infrastructure improvements are needed to keep bottlenecks from hampering Georgia freight traffic. Morris News Service says an interim report of the study was discussed Wednesday by the State Transportation Board.