Funding could put the brakes on high-speed train from Charlotte to Atlanta – WSOC TV
CHARLOTTE, NC – Last week, transportation planners submitted a recommended route for a high-speed rail line connecting Charlotte and Atlanta, moving the project forward – but with a long way to go.
According to the plan, developed by the Federal Railroad Administration and the Georgia Department of Transportation with input from counterpart agencies and stakeholders in North Carolina and South Carolina, the 274-mile line would carry passengers between the two cities in less than three hours. This estimate is based on the use of diesel powered trains; converting to electric trains would cut journey times to just over two hours.
But the most important estimate of the environmental, economic and transport impact study is as follows: from $ 6.2 billion to $ 8.4 billion, as in the estimated cost for the construction of the Charlotte-Atlanta high-speed rail line.
“The main issue will ultimately be the money,” said David Carol, chief operating officer of the American Public Transportation Association, a Washington-based advocacy group and proponent of high-speed rail. “And the challenge is where this money comes from.”
CBJ’s Erik Spanberg addressed this issue this week. Read the full story here.
(Watch below: Preferred corridor chosen for the proposed high-speed train from Atlanta to Charlotte)
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