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Friday, April 3, 2009

Commuter rail at risk

Thanks to the persistent impasse at the capitol, commuter rail in Georgia may be at serious risk:

As state House and Senate teams slog through negotiations on transportation funding, more pressure is pouring on.

The state has had $87 million in federal funds sitting around to build commuter rail, but not much has happened. Now that money may be in serious jeopardy.

Gov. Sonny Perdue said last year that he would support building the line through Lovejoy as a pilot project. But when the economy crashed and he submitted his budget, the matching state funds for commuter rail weren’t in it.
The letter made waves in the office of Congressman David Scott. “This has been threatened before but this is real now,” said Scott’s chief of staff, Michael Andel.

UPDATE: A potential compromise has the Senate's regional plan in ascendance, but it might allow for 5% of taxes collected to head to the state.

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