Odds looking better for high speed rail from Chattanooga to Atlanta

I’ve made a number of posts lately about transit and transportation projects and problems in Georgia.

Here’s a bit of good news in my opinion.

The Associated Press is reporting that matching funds for a federal grant have been secured so that plans can move forward for a high speed rail line from Chattanooga to Atlanta:

The head of the rapid rail initiative for Chattanooga’s Enterprise Center said the $3.3 million will secure a $13.8 million grant for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Joe Ferguson told the Chattanooga Times Free Press the money will be spent partly to speed up an environmental assessment and study routes.

Instead of continuing to dump billions of dollars into new roads in areas that are already congested, Georgia needs to get serious about slow commuter rail, high speed rail, and transit projects.