Atlanta to Charlotte High Speed Rail Study Underway


Study area boundary

The Georgia Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Federal Railroad Administration, is preparing a Corridor Investment Plan for high-speed intercity passenger rail service between Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC. This is part of an ongoing, larger FRA high-speed rail initiative which would extend north to Washington, DC, commonly referred to as the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor. Amtrak currently provides two lower-speed, long-haul passenger trains within this corridor through it’s Crescent service.

The CIP will evaluate three potential alternatives, which include shared use of the existing freight rail corridor, service on the adjacent I-85 interstate right-of-way and a greenfield alignment option which would define a new service corridor. Within each of the alternatives, appropriate technologies and travel times will also be evaluated in order to establish a preferred alternative, which defines the best technology and travel time combination.

To learn more about this study, GDOT is inviting the public to an upcoming project scoping meeting to be held at the City of Suwanee Council Chambers Room (323 Buford Highway Suwanee, GA 30024) from 4PM to 7PM on June 4th. Additional information can also be found at the study website.

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