Passenger Rail Supporters Prepare for New Push

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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
2012.