Possible high-speed railway stop in Athens

Possible high-speed railway stop in Athens : Athens could potentially become a stop along a “high-speed passenger” railway connecting Atlanta with Charlotte, N.C. and eventually “other metropolitan areas along the East Coast (Washington, D.C., New York and Boston),” according to the Georgia Department of Transportation’s website.

Six possible routes are being studied by the Georgia DoT on behalf of the Federal Railroad Administration as a part of the Atlanta to Charlotte Passenger Rail Corridor Investment Plan.

“One of those routes would utilize the existing CSX Transportation right-of-way between Atlanta and Chester, S.C., via Athens,” according to an Athens Patch article.

The project would provide better regional connectivity, reduce occupancy of interstates, improve travel times, provide an alternate mode of travel, improve energy efficiency and promote economic development among the region, according to the project’s outline on the DoT’s website.

A public meeting concerning the project was held Tuesday in Suwanee. The open house was used to gauge public opinion concerning the railway.

As of now, no one route is being considered more than another, said Natalie Dale, the media and government relations liaison for the Georgia DoT.

“Public opinion is very important in a project of this scope,” Dale said.

Dale said once all the public open house meetings are finished, project leaders will evaluate each possible route under a specific set of criteria.

Dale said public opinion is one of those criteria and that it can also affect other elements that the leaders would consider.

According to the schedule posted by the Georgia DoT, finals plans will be made in 2015.


Source : RedandBlack


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