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Macon to Atlanta Passenger Rail

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Here is some info about then Macon to Atlanta rail project. Feel free to discuss.

www.garail.com/Pages/pdf/ macontoatlantafactsheet2005.pdf

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Thanks Doug for the website.

Georgia Rail Passenger Program.

It will be interesting to see commuters riding from Macon to Atlanta to work. Also it will be nice to see commuters riding from Atlanta to Macon to see the Historic Mounds of the Native Americans in Macon. Mercer University will also be able to have a connection between it's campuses in Macon and Atlanta.

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This is a good idea!! I hope it's successful.

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I think that passenger rail from Atlanta is going to allow Macon to become the next large urban area in Georgia. It will make life that much easier for people trying to escape from the negatives of Atlanta but not yet ready to give up the positives and give them another option to allow them to have the best of both worlds - semi-suburban and urban life

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I love the fact that there will be a rail, but Im not sure it will have as desireable economic affect on the Macon area as we think. If you'll consider the fact that more people are turned off to the level of traffic in Atlanta, but love its vibrance, and opportunity, this will give them more of an incentive to go without the traffic to fight with.

Now one good thing I see happening for Macon is bringing money back to the city from Atlanta, hoping Macon people will find work in Atlanta, and spend their money in Macon. This is a good thing, no doubt, I'd like to see how things shape up. It will be interesting to watch.

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The Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina Departments of Transportation have completed a feasibility

study that evaluates the overall suitability and costs of developing high-speed passenger train service between

Charlotte, Spartanburg, Greenville, Atlanta and Macon.

The two-year long study identified route alternatives, reviewed capacity and speed capabilities of the corridor,

and estimated ridership, revenue, operating and capital costs associated with extending high-speed passenger rail

from Charlotte to Macon. The $200,000 study was paid for with funds from the USDOT Federal Railroad

Administration; the three states provided matching funds and oversight of the study.

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You can go to the Southeast High Speed Rail website to learn more about these plans. Basically only the portion from Charlotte to Richmond is being worked on and of that its the Raleigh to Richmond part where most of the focus is these days. The North Carolina Rail Road, operates 4 daily trains between Charlotte and Raleigh so that portion of the route is basically established though more improvements to the track are needed for HSR. The NCRR runs 4 daily trains between Charlotte and Raleigh, with stops in the other cities in this corridor. Most of the funding for this work is coming from the NCDOT and VDOT.

Unfortunately there is no involvement by the generally anti-Transit SCDOT and the GDOT hasn't provided any funding either.

Proposed map of the SE High Speed Rail Line

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North Carolina Rail Road

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ATLANTA - Federal officials have raised numerous issues in the past month for Georgia state planners developing the first phase of a commuter rail line intended to connect Atlanta with Macon. "Transportation planners with the Atlanta Regional Commission want to include Macon rail service in the new version of its long-range plan, which is scheduled to be released later this year. Inclusion in the plan means Macon rail service would be eligible for extra federal money, said Tom Weyandt, the Atlanta Regional Commission

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ATLANTA - Federal officials have raised numerous issues in the past month for Georgia state planners developing the first phase of a commuter rail line intended to connect Atlanta with Macon. "Transportation planners with the Atlanta Regional Commission want to include Macon rail service in the new version of its long-range plan, which is scheduled to be released later this year. Inclusion in the plan means Macon rail service would be eligible for extra federal money, said Tom Weyandt, the Atlanta Regional Commission

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ATLANTA - Federal officials have raised numerous issues in the past month for Georgia state planners developing the first phase of a commuter rail line intended to connect Atlanta with Macon. "Transportation planners with the Atlanta Regional Commission want to include Macon rail service in the new version of its long-range plan, which is scheduled to be released later this year. Inclusion in the plan means Macon rail service would be eligible for extra federal money, said Tom Weyandt, the Atlanta Regional Commission

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