High speed rail to Atlanta could become a reality

Can you imagine a trip to Atlanta in just over 2 hours? It could be a reality someday, but the Georgia DOT needs our input.

If you really want to have that 2-hour trip, please speak up and fill out the public comment online

What You Need to Know:

  • Georgia DOT is the lead in this first tier study.
  • It encompasses approximately 280 miles of rail spanning Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
  • The purpose of this study is to identify the preferred corridor and its potential environmental impacts.

This phase is so important because it determines the type of travel and how fast that travel will occur. Below is the easy guide to understanding the differences between the 3 alternative routes. 

The Map:

 

Image from Georgia Department of Transportation


The 3 Routes:

Image from Georgia Department of Transportation

Southern Crescent 

  • Limited to diesel technology only 
  • Travel time between 4 ½  to 5 ½ hours (slowest of the 3 routes)
  • Projected Ridership: 1 million people annually (lowest of the 3 routes)

 

Image from Georgia Department of Transportation

Interstate 85  

  • Both diesel and electric options available
  • Travel Times:  Diesel train 2 hours and 50 minutes; Electric train 2 hours and 42 minutes
  • Projected Ridership: Over 5 million people annually



Image from Georgia Department of Transportation

Greenfield (New Right-of-Way) 

  • Both diesel and electric options available
  • Travel Times: Diesel train 2 hours and 44 minutes; Electric train 2 hours and 6 minutes (fastest of the 3 routes)
  • Projected Ridership: 5.5  to 6 million people annually (highest of the 3 routes) 

 


The Breakdown and Easy Feedback Options:

The Southern Crescent Route is slow and only allows diesel trains. Give a “No” to this option.

 

Comparison between I-85 and Greenfield:

 

annually

annually
I-85 2:42 to 2:50 hours 14 daily round trips 5.5 - 5.62 million $369 - $377 million
Greenfield 2:06 to 2:44 hours 16-22 daily round trips 5.4 - 6.3 million $397 - $475 million

Environmental Impacts:

Image from Georgia Department of Transportation

Make Your Voice Count:

Let’s get the best high-speed rail between Charlotte and Atlanta. Click on the survey below!

Project page information: http://www.dot.ga.gov/IS/Rail/AtlantatoCharlotte/EIS

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AtlCha19

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  • Jennifer Clark
    published this page in Blog 2019-10-31 09:09:36 -0400
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