May 28
Public Hearings Begin to Plan for the Future of Atlanta-Charlotte Passenger Rail Service

 ATLANTA (May 24, 2013) – Public information scoping meetings will be held in three locations in June for the development of a Passenger Rail Corridor Investment Plan (PRCIP) for a proposed new service between Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC. The public is encouraged to attend one of the three meetings or view a 24/7 virtual meeting on the project website at beginning June 4, 2013 and extending through July 4,



Public Scoping Meetings



Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Time: 4:00-7:00 pm

Suwanee Council Chambers

323 Buford Highway

Suwanee, GA 30024

June 5, 2013

Time: 4:00-7:00 pm

301 East Poinsett Street

Hall C

Greer, SC 29651

June 6, 2013

Time: 3:00-6:00 pm

2327 Tipton Drive

Charlotte, NC 28206




If special accommodations are needed, please contact Derrick Cameron at 404-631-1223.




About the Atlanta to Charlotte PRCIP Project:


The Atlanta to Charlotte Passenger Rail Corridor is an extension of the Southeast High-Speed Rail Corridor (SEHSR), which is under development from Charlotte to Washington, DC. The extension from Charlotte, would travel southeast through portions of South Carolina and into Atlanta. The exact termini of alternative corridor routes have not yet been established and will be finalized as a part of the scoping process which will address connectivity to proposed and existing passenger rail stations, airports, and other regional transportation services along the corridor. In particular, the project will consider connectivity to the proposed Georgia MultiModal Passenger Terminal (MMPT) and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (H-JAIA) in Atlanta, and the proposed Charlotte Gateway Station and Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.


There are six potential corridor route alternatives including three shared use alternatives: the Norfolk Southern (NS) railroad corridor (also referred to as the Southern Crescent Corridor route); the CSX Transportation (CSX) right-of-way between Atlanta and Chester, SC via Athens, GA and NS right-of-way between Chester and Charlotte via Rock hill, SC; CSX right-of-way between Atlanta and Augusta and NS right-of-way between Augusta and Charlotte via


Columbia; two interstate alternatives: the I-85 corridor and the I-20 and I-77 corridor, and a Greenfield corridor which offers the opportunity to define a fully grade-separated route alignment which has optimal geometric characteristics for high-speed passenger rail service. Some of these corridor alternatives were previously defined as a result of a 2008 Feasibility Study.


Other potentially feasible routes may also be identified if they meet the basic requirements of the purpose and need statement for the corridor. As a part of the study, FRA will analyze corridor alternatives, station locations, and service technologies including diesel and electrified operations, service frequency and hours of service. Other route alternatives may also be evaluated pending the outcome and identification of additional alternatives from the agency and public scoping meetings.




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For press inquiries, contact:


Derrick Cameron, Project Manager

Georgia Department of Transportation



A map of the Corridor can be found at this link: