Atlanta-Charlotte Preferred Route Chosen

Transportation officials have identified the path that high-speed rail service will take between Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina.

However, funding of the service remains elusive.

A preferred route between the two cities is part of the Atlanta to Charlotte Passenger Rail Corridor Investment Plan being overseen by the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration.

Three routes were studied with the preferred route serving  Greenville and Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The 274-mile preferred route is what FRA refers to as the Greenfield Corridor, which begins at Charlotte Gateway Station and ends at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The route could have two stations in South Carolina, three in North Carolina, and five in Georgia.

Much of the route would be a dedicated passenger alignment between Charlotte Douglas International Airport and northeast Atlanta with speeds of up to 125 mph for diesel-powered trains and 220 mph for electric trains.

Planner said they will identify the specific alignment for the Greenfield Corridor alternative, including the final approaches into Atlanta and Charlotte in a future study.

The FRA said the Atlanta-Charlotte line is part of what is envisioned as a rail passenger corridor that will connect Atlanta and Washington.

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