Downtown transit hub suffers setback | www.myajc.com

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May

Downtown transit hub suffers setback | www.myajc.com

The decades-old dream of a transit hub downtown that would bring together commuter and freight rail, MARTA and longer-haul passenger buses appears to have suffered a significant blow.

The state’s plan for a central passenger terminal counts on negotiating with private freight companies to share their tracks through the “Gulch” area with commuter rail cars. But Norfolk Southern, the railway company that owns the tracks where a proposed commuter rail line from southern counties would run, has written to the state Department of Transportation saying it does not have the space.

Advocates for the project say the potential loss of commuter rail would not kill the project.

The terminal project is a long-held dream of downtown Atlanta boosters, meant not just to aid transit but to recreate the living and working space in the area. One study last year projected the massive development could bring more than 15,000 new jobs to downtown over 30 years and produce billions of dollars in annual benefits for the state economy.

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