Federal planners are looking to run a high-speed rail line connecting Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C. FINALLY! I’ve been saying for years, we need more high-speed trains around here ha!
The Federal Railroad Administration and Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, Departments of Transportation, have identified a 274-mile route as the “preferred corridor” for the Charlotte-to-Atlanta portion of a high-speed rail line. That would also continue to Washington, D.C. (Love that)
“The projected increases in population and economic growth for the Piedmont Atlantic Megaregion create a need for a carefully planned approach to improving rail infrastructure that will benefit Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, the southeastern United States, and the nation,” the FRA wrote in its final environmental impact report on the project released last week.
“Intercity passenger rail is available for business and non-business travelers that is competitive with other modes of travel in terms of travel time, convenience and safety.”
The Greenfield Corridor Alternative chosen for the project connects Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with the planned multimodal Charlotte Gateway Station. The line would run mostly along a new dedicated alignment from northeast Atlanta to Charlotte Douglas International Airport.