Please support and speak out about the SE Rail Corridor Augusta to Atlanta – flood these folks with positive emails and phone calls, plus stay informed
Southeast High Speed Rail (SEHSR) Corridor from Charlotte, NC to Atlanta, Georgia – hopefully through Augusta
I strongly support having high speed rail service on existing lines that includes Augusta to Atlanta.
I have been a longtime supporter of all forms of public transportation for those of us who can not afford cars due to outrageous gas prices and high insurance rates.
Sadly recent public hearings were not only a long distance from Augusta – but were not publicized enough in the Augusta area.
**The good news is – there is still time for public comment via the internet.
Scroll down to see the ways you can comment and stay informed on the project.
Below is the information I have collected on the project:
News stories on the issue – and highlighting the basic facts:
State and federal officials are proposing to extend the Southeast High-Speed Rail Corridor, under development from Washington to Charlotte, into the Atlanta area.
The train would connect with the Georgia Multi-Modal Passenger Terminal and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
There are six potential corridor route alternatives.
Officials say others may also be evaluated if they’re identified during agency and public scoping meetings.
Originally, the Atlanta-to-Charlotte Passenger Rail Corridor Investment Plan identified the study area as a corridor in northeast Georgia and the South Carolina Upstate that encompassed Interstate 85 and an existing Norfolk Southern railroad.
As the study progressed, alternative routes were added, with two through Augusta and Columbia the southernmost route, according to Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jill Goldberg.
State transportation board member Don Grantham, who represents the Augusta area, said he will lobby for the train to pass through Augusta, though he has doubts the rail line will come to fruition.
“With funding and the amount of money available right now, that’s something that’s going to be on the back burner,” he said.
(I urge Mr. Grantham to rethink his position and put the project on the front burner)
Improving the road system is a greater need, said Grantham, who has not studied the rail proposal.
The Atlanta-to-Charlotte rail study costs $4.8 million, with 80 percent funded by the Federal Railroad Administration and the rest covered by the Georgia DOT.
Georgia DOT info:
Atlanta to Charlotte Corridor Passenger Rail Service Investment Plan Project Fact Sheet
A virtual meeting is available on the project website via youtube through July 4th.
U.S. Dept. of Transportation – The Federal Railroad Administration
Atlanta to Charlotte Passenger Rail Corridor Investment Plan Tier I EIS
Project Contact Information:
There are several ways to stay informed and provide feedback about the Atlanta to Charlotte PRCIP project:
Georgia DOT Office of Program Delivery
One Georgia Center, 25th Floor
600 West Peachtree St. NE
3715 Northside Parkway
200 Northcreek, Suite 800
Join Mailing List
Stay informed by joining the mailing list for Atlanta to Charlotte PRCIP project updates.
Submit your information via email:
Council on Environmental Quality: Executive Office of the President
A Citizen’s Guide to the NEPA: Having Your Voice Heard