MACON, Ga. – The chief executive officer of Georgians for
Passenger Rail says his organization will be trying to fit commuter
train projects into plans for a regional transportation sales tax.
Gordon Kenna of the passenger rail group says a Macon-to-Atlanta
commuter line should move to the head of the pack for funding
because it would cost comparatively little to get it going.
A Brookings Institution study of a Macon-Atlanta rail line
estimates it would cost $400 million to establish service, plus
another $25 million per year to operate.
An Atlanta-Macon line would cross three regions with different
interests. Each region has the ability to pass or reject a regional
tax. Voters won’t consider regional sales taxes until November