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Atlanta-Charlotte Preferred Route Chosen

July 21, 2021

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.

Initial Atlanta-Charlotte High-Speed Study Released

October 26, 2019

A draft study conducted by the Georgia Department of Transportation and Federal Railroad Administration has concluded that high-speed rail service could operate between Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina, in just over two hours.

Creating the service would cost up to $15.4 billion.

The study said the service, if implemented, could reduce air pollution and improvement mobility for millions of passengers.

Three routes are being eyed for the service in the 280-mile corridor.

  • Using the Norfolk Southern railroad corridor that hosts the existing Amtrak Crescent.
  • Building along the Interstate 85 right of way between Gastonia, North Carolina, and Suwanee, Georgia, and transitioning to existing railroad rights of way in the approaches to the Atlanta and Charlotte terminals.
  • Developing a new “greenfield” high-speed rail corridor between Atlanta and Charlotte, and transitioning to existing railroad rights of way in the approaches to the Atlanta and Charlotte terminals.

Public comments on the study are being accepted by the GDOT in the next 45 days.

After that, the department will select a preferred route and conduct a final study.