So, you know that rail project that was fast-tracked to go in to “the Gulch” in Atlanta? Stefan talked about it before in his piece supporting the new Falcon’s stadium, and Charlie predicted that we would have a station there regardless if we got a train or a stadium. Looks like Charlie will be winning that bet (not sure what the bet was, but I’m sure one of the front pagers will be buying him a drink and/or BBQ plate at the next road show or BBQ Tour stop).
Atlanta is getting a train station come hell or high water. However, Norfolk Southern is adamant that they will not be able to build passenger rail inside the perimeter. From this morning’s Atlanta Business Chronicle:
In a letter to the DOT, obtained by WXIA-TV, Norfolk Southern was blunt:
“There is insufficient available Norfolk Southern right-of-way in and about the City of Atlanta, (generally inside the Interstate 285 Perimeter) to add passenger service.”
What’s GDOT’s response? “We don’t need no stinkin’ trains! We’ve got this:”
“If rail was behind and MMPT [multi-modal passenger terminal] had to launch with pedestrian options, bike options, car options, bus options that’s not a loss for us, rail will come later,” said GDOT’s Natalie Dale.
So, why the big push? Secret plans for the Gulch? Agenda 21? Stimulus/recovery jobs? Stupid government tricks?