Meeting Set Tuesday In Dalton On Possible Passenger Train Service

Saturday, August 9, 2014
A meeting is set Tuesday in Dalton, Ga., that will include discussion of possible future passenger train service.

Officials of the Georgia Department of Transportation said, "The primary purpose of the Statewide Rail Plan Update is to serve as a statewide long-range rail planning document and to provide comprehensive industry data. The plan will enable the Department to implement a more efficient and effective approach to integrate passenger and freight rail elements into the larger multi-modal transportation framework.

"It will cover the time period from the present to the year 2040 for integration with the Georgia Statewide Transportation Plan (SWTP) and Statewide Strategic Transportation Plan (SSTP).

Six public meetings will take place over the course of the plan’s development. The first round of three were held in April with meetings in Dalton, Atlanta and Valdosta.

The second round of public meetings will present the draft needs and proposed projects, policies, and programs for passenger and freight rail identified by the stakeholders, rail users, agencies, and the public.   All meetings are from 5-7 p.m.

The Tuesday meeting will be at Dalton City Hall, 300 W. Waugh St.

There is a meeting on Wednesday at the Atlanta Regional Commission, 40 Courtland St., Atlanta, and on Thursday at Valdosta City Hall Annex.

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