The new push by proponents and others to seek construction of a commuter rail line from Athens to Atlanta is nothing more than fantasy littered with fuzzy math by those who will propose and financially prosper from it.
University officials, some developers and others are attempting to get taxpayers to foot the bill to construct a slow old train for the 60-mile distance between Athens and Atlanta. This would not only drain state coffers but cost local taxpayers in each city and county along the way who would have to pay for annual maintenance and operation costs of this rail service. The operational cost is substantial and is being grossly underestimated as is 90 percent of all transit projections nationwide.
The Henry County Republican Party is also sponsoring two ballot questions, one of which asks “Should you be able to vote on a transit system that is paid for or maintained by county taxes?”