Mayor Tomlinson: ‘This city has never been more alive’ | Latest News | Columbus Ledger Enquirer

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Jan

Mayor Tomlinson: ‘This city has never been more alive’ | Latest News | Columbus Ledger Enquirer

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson outlined four major “opportunities” that lay ahead for Columbus in her 2014 State of the City address Tuesday:

* Pursuing a high-speed rail connection to Atlanta.

* Starting the process of redeveloping the riverfront property between TSYS and Bibb City.

* Continuing the revitalization of south Columbus.

* Carrying out the vision of ending homelessness here in 10 years.

Tomlinson said she created the Mayor’s Commission on High Speed Rail in 2011 because there were ideas being tossed around about inter-city rail lines from Atlanta to Athens, Macon, Savannah and Chattanooga, but none involving Columbus.

“As a student of history and as a newly elected mayor of this city, there was no way I was going to have another great lapse of progress akin to the 1960s decision to forego the connection to the nation’s Interstate system to Columbus,” Tomlinson said.

A recent report from transportation consultants HNTB of Atlanta projected that a $3.9 billion rail line running up state-owned right of way along I-185 and I-85 could produce enough business – more than a million riders a year – to more than cover its cost of operation and maintenance.

“Columbus is now at the forefront of the line of inter-city high speed passenger rail,” Tomlinson said. “And if any city is prepared for potential federal, state and private investment, it is us.”

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