Brain Train PAC

Supporters of the Brain Train have formed a PAC to take their message to the Gold Dome:

The group’s first effort started Sunday and will conclude today in Athens. Members were to take lawmakers, who are in Athens for a training program in advance of the upcoming legislative session, to sites including the city’s Multimodal Transportation Center. The center opened in August to provide a hub for the transit systems of Athens and the University of Georgia. It is designed to accommodate a potential regional bus system and the proposed commuter rail.

The proposed Athens-to-Atlanta rail line is called the Brain Train. Advocates envision it serving 12 rail stations that would provide access to nine state colleges and universities, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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  1. gboy303 says:

    Georgians for the Brain Train and a recently formed UGA student group, Bulldogs for the Brain Train, did all of metro-Atlanta a great service on Monday when they hosted an event for Georgia’s legislators in Athens. Passionately enthused by how a commuter rail system would improve our state, these student volunteers offered their time and energy in formal support of the project when so many other citizens are resolute to just sit in traffic and quietly complain about the dangerous state of our transportation infrastructure and planning.

    Members of Bulldogs for the Brain Train donated their valuable time during finals week to conduct interviews, gather survey data, analyze research, and prepare presentations for the state’s decision makers. The result was a presence at the legislative conference that illustrated both the public’s support for the project and the area’s indisputable need for transportation alternatives. During their presentations, students addressed: the clear convenience benefits to commuter rail in helping solve Atlanta’s traffic problems, the ability of commuter rail to increase property values and encourage economic development, the health benefits of a relaxing commute, the synergies that can and should be built between our state’s institutions of higher learning, the existing high levels of public support for the project, and the safety benefits of commuter rail. These arguments were backed up by some shockingly scary statistics on the number of current UGA students who have been involved in automobile collisions on highway 316 and 78.

    The student voice did not go unheard as Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and others took time out of their busy schedules to attend the student presentations and offer their support for the project.

    Clearly, these students are on track, and I applaud them for their foresight and willingness to work to make Metro-Atlanta a better place to live and work

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