Atlanta-Chattanooga Rail Advocates Set Hopes On Trump

first_img Related Stories ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Share Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Listen to the audio story.1:10Advocates of high speed rail between Atlanta and Chattanooga think the project could finally move forward under the incoming presidential administration.Former Chattanooga councilman David Crockett started pushing for the rail line a couple decades ago. Since then, there’s been plenty of studies and not much else.But Crockett believes the election of Donald Trump is an opportunity. He and other high speed rail lobbyists point, for one, to Trump’s promises to boost manufacturing.“He talked about building steel industry,” Crockett said. “He talked about doing infrastructure. He knows he wants to reinvigorate the economy.”On the campaign trial, Trump also voiced support for high speed trains.  Still, even people who have pushed for passenger rail, like advocate Steve Vogul, say the Chattanooga line is a stretch.“I just don’t understand why people think that’s a viable thing,” Vogul said.He said, Georgia hasn’t seen new passenger routes in 25 years. He questions why planners would start with one to Tennessee rather than, say, Savannah.The Georgia Department of Transportation said the project would cost around $9 billion.Like us on Facebook For Whom The Bell Rings 1:10 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List last_img read more

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