The idea of using existing railroad tracks for a commuter rail system has been around for a while. Some folks in Lilburn like the idea as reported by Douglas Sams in the Gwinnett Post:
LILBURN – A passenger railway shuttling commuters from Athens to Atlanta could run through the heart of this city, becoming an economic engine for downtown commerce.
This is the vision commuter rail advocates brought to the Lilburn City Council on Monday. They were led by E.H. Culpepper, chairman of the Georgia Bioscience Joint Development Authority and longtime supporter of the 72-mile passenger rail line.
Culpepper, joined by transportation consultants, is trying to kick-start a grass-roots campaign to show the public the railway’s benefits.
An Atlanta-Athens commuter rail system would run through the heart of Gwinnett and would link bio-research centers at Emory U. and at UGA.
I’m lukewarm on this idea. I just don’t see this relieving much traffic in Metro-Atlanta, but hey I could be wrong.