The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has been notified by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) at the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) that $4.1 million has been awarded to the Atlanta to Charlotte High Speed Rail Corridor for planning studies. The grant is part of $2.4 billion shared by 54 High Speed Rail Projects across the country.
In 2008, a feasibility study was published by the Volpe National Transportation Center that validated the Atlanta to Charlotte Rail Corridor was a project worth development. The study was done for Georgia DOT, SCDOT and North Carolina DOT.
Transportation Secretary H.B. Limehouse Jr. said today's grant is another step in the process. "This grant will provide funding for a Tier 1 Environmental Impact Study that will examine several issues such as ridership. The cooperation between SCDOT and NCDOT Secretary Gene Conti and Georgia DOT Commissioner Vance Smith on this effort has been excellent from the beginning, and that cooperation is paying off," said Limehouse.
The Atlanta to Charlotte Corridor will run through Upstate South Carolina including the city of Greenville.