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GDOT Discusses Train Service Between Atlanta And Chattanooga

In this Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 photo, an Amtrak Acela train travels through Old Lyme, Conn. A study conducted by the Georgia Department of Transportation has listed three potential routes for a high-speed train service for Atlanta and Chattanooga.
In this Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 photo, an Amtrak Acela train travels through Old Lyme, Conn. A study conducted by the Georgia Department of Transportation has listed three potential routes for a high-speed train service for Atlanta and Chattanooga.
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There may soon be an easy, quick way for metro Atlantans to get to Chattanooga and vice versa.

A study conducted by the Georgia Department of Transportation has listed three potential routes for a high-speed train service for Atlanta and Chattanooga.

According to the GDOT, the best-performing route would be nearly 130 miles long along Interstate-75, with eight stations.

The report says the trip would be just under 90 minutes.

“When we look at that corridor, that I-75 corridor, we know that in the next 10, 20 years we are going to be well beyond capacity,” said GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale.

There’s no timetable in place yet for the project, which is expected to cost nearly $9 billion.

“It’s something that we continue to work toward. But it’s a long process before you even get to whether it can be funded, you have to work through, can it be built, where will it be built, will it serve the people that it needs to,” said Dale.

The DOT will host public meetings on the matter on Nov. 15 in Atlanta, with other meetings scheduled the following days in Chattanooga and Dalton, Georgia, respectively. 

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