We’re pleased to share that important elements of the Georgia Commuter Rail project were selected for the Middle Georgia and Three Rivers Regional Roundtable project lists on Monday! While the Atlanta-to-Griffin rail line is not on the list recommended by the executive committee of the Atlanta Roundtable, Atlanta leaders and organizations (including ARC, GRTA, GDOT and others) are still encouraging us to move forward. As you read this letter, Georgians for Passenger Rail is revising its approach and strategy for this line based on recent, positive conversations with Norfolk-Southern, our U.S. congressmen and state agencies. This project remains the most cost-effective and highest return-on-investment of any project and is our only opportunity to balance the region’s transportation investment and economic development.
The next step for the Atlanta Roundtable is to hold a series of public meetings for each county within each region. These meetings are your most important outlet to express why Georgia Commuter Rail should be on the Roundtable’s project list. We hope you’ll check the schedule and attend your local meeting to voice your concerns before the list becomes final in October.
Here is some additional information you should know:
- You can find the $6.14 billion project list as approved by the Atlanta Regional Roundtable here.
- The list does not include the total estimated cost of each project, but rather what will be funded by the Transportation Investment Act. Project sponsors will be asked to take care of capital and operational funding gaps.
- The Atlanta Roundtable also has submitted recommendations to the State legislature to improve the likelihood that the Transportation Investment Act will be passed in 2012.
Next week, watch for more details on how you can get involved. Remember, we need your continued support in promoting this fantastic project for Georgia – we can’t stop now.
CEO, Georgians for Passenger Rail