That Train

It’s delayed again, and for good reason. No one wants to take a two hour trip from Macon to Atlanta.

Last month, former legislative leader Larry Walker was pushing fellow members of the state Department of Transportation board to decide once and for all whether to continue pursuing a commuter rail program in Georgia.

At Wednesday’s Intermodal Committee meeting, however, Walker conceded there is not enough political support to get the rail projects moving – a problem that has helped sideline the passenger trains for years.

Frankly, they should be exploring heavy rail, not light commuter rail. Heavy rail, just as the Virginia Rail Express system that goes into Washington, D.C. works quite well and is generally profitable. Light rail almost never is.

5 comments

  1. Doug Deal says:

    If it passes through certain neighborhoods in Atlanta and Macon, it will be a defacto “bullet train” no matter how fast it goes.

  2. TM2000 says:

    I am looking forward to see which corridors of the future are selected in July myself. GA should definately invest more in rail.

  3. GabrielSterling says:

    This commuter rail is heavy rail. There is some confusion, because there is an existing corridor and and line for commuter rail. At the same time a “high speed” rail corridor is authorized between Macon and Atlanta. That will cost a tremendous amount of money to upgrade the corridor ro allow for a high speed train to run in the corridor. It would require grade improvements, line straightening, several other safety improvements.

    The advantage of commuter rail has never been its speed. It is its reliability. An accident on 285, doesn’t slow dow the train. Erick the model being followed is the Virginia Railway Express model.

    MARTA is light rail. And the VRE, like all transportation projects is subsidized.

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