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Posted by: George_Harris Posted on: Nov 1st, 2016, 11:01pm
Do what?  Just saw this in the on-line Progressive Railroads.  This from the city and state that won't even do anything to improve the current station situation for the Crescent?
Here is the page in Georgia DOT giving links to the various papers:
http://www.dot.ga.gov/IS/Rail/AtlantatoChattanooga
At the top are listed FRA, TennDOT and GADOT.  Guess they had some undesignated funds to squander.  Does it appear like I am skeptical about this project?  Yes, to the point of it is in my list of things to expect after I see a aerial race between flying pigs.  This is from a guy that thinks that the Calif HSR is a great idea and needed and wondering why they they haven't started construction on Dallas-Houston yet.
If you have time to waste, it mentions three public hearings: Nov 15 in Atlanta, Nov 16 in Chattanooga, and Nov 17 in Dalton GA.  Addresses in the document.  The document also gives links to the DEIS (Draft Environmental Impact Statement) and appendices.  Somewhat curious as to what they say, but not sure enough to read them unless seriously bored, something I seem to never get around to.  The Progressive Railroads article includes a map which has some rather strange alignment alternatives, one of which is crooked as a stomped snake.
 
FRA link:  https://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0451
Posted by: ClydeDET Posted on: Nov 13th, 2016, 6:46pm
"Crooked as a stomped snake" - now that is a simile I haven't heard in a long time. Somehow I think an alignment in that configuration would be utterly inimical to high speed operation.
 
As to Dallas to Houston - money and land-owner opposition.
Posted by: Royal_Palm Posted on: Jan 1st, 2018, 4:52pm
They have dusted off an old plan. Before the massive expansion of the present Atlanta airport, a new one was proposed around Cartersville, GA, to serve Atlanta and Chattanooga. The HSR would have connected Chattanooga and Atlanta via the new airport. I can not see it happening now...both cities are just soooo spread out that most folks would drive because you need a car at either end.