A new report describes how Republican governors, under party pressure, scuttled plans for a high-speed rail network in the US specifically so that “Obama wouldn’t win.”

In related news: people suck.

"For years (decades), the city has contemplated an MMPT to connect modes of transportation…Atlanta’s failure to plan points of connection for the various modes of transportation has allowed the city to grow in such a way that it’s now difficult to connect the modes of transit."

High-Speed Rail from Atlanta? Transit Projects Offer Planning Opportunities | Ryan Taylor Architects, 6/10/2013

Study: High Speed Rail for Atlanta could be economically feasible
Consulting service HNTB presented the findings of a study on High Speed Rail in the southeast to Georgia’s State Transportation Board this week. The findings show that high-speed passenger trains connecting Atlanta with Jacksonville, Louisville, and Birmingham would be economically feasible.
From a Jacksonville news article on the study:

Fares between Atlanta and Jacksonville would range between $119.41 and $152.24. Construction would cost from $5 billion to $16 billion, or $11.5 million to $41 million for each mile. That compared to $54 million per mile as the top range of the estimate on the Atlanta-to-Birmingham route.Atlanta and Jacksonville are both planning downtown stations where passengers could switch from the high-speed trains to local transit.

A quick look at current airfare from ATL to Jacksonville shows prices to be in the $154-164 range, so HSR prices would be competitive.
I’m mostly interested in this because of the multi-modal passenger terminal planned for downtown Atlanta. It would provide a hub for high-speed rail and connect it with other transportation modes. But most importantly to me, it would find a better use for the The Gulch other than just sitting there and making me sad.

Photo of Taiwan HSR from Flickr user sanbeiji | Photo of The Gulch from Flickr user zeusface

Study: High Speed Rail for Atlanta could be economically feasible

Consulting service HNTB presented the findings of a study on High Speed Rail in the southeast to Georgia’s State Transportation Board this week. The findings show that high-speed passenger trains connecting Atlanta with Jacksonville, Louisville, and Birmingham would be economically feasible.

From a Jacksonville news article on the study:

Fares between Atlanta and Jacksonville would range between $119.41 and $152.24. Construction would cost from $5 billion to $16 billion, or $11.5 million to $41 million for each mile. That compared to $54 million per mile as the top range of the estimate on the Atlanta-to-Birmingham route.

Atlanta and Jacksonville are both planning downtown stations where passengers could switch from the high-speed trains to local transit.

A quick look at current airfare from ATL to Jacksonville shows prices to be in the $154-164 range, so HSR prices would be competitive.

I’m mostly interested in this because of the multi-modal passenger terminal planned for downtown Atlanta. It would provide a hub for high-speed rail and connect it with other transportation modes. But most importantly to me, it would find a better use for the The Gulch other than just sitting there and making me sad.

The Gulch, downtown Atlanta

Photo of Taiwan HSR from Flickr user sanbeiji | Photo of The Gulch from Flickr user zeusface