Norfolk Southern says no to passenger trains downtown (VIDEO) – Atlanta Business Chronicle

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Jun

Norfolk Southern says no to passenger trains downtown (VIDEO) – Atlanta Business Chronicle

The railroad that owns land and rail at “The Gulch” in downtown Atlanta, where some leaders hope to build the city’s equivalent of Grand Central Station, says there is no room for passenger trains.

Norfolk Southern Corp. (NYSE: NSC) lobbed the curveball just as the Georgia DOT prepares to launch a $500,000 capacity study, on top of more than $12 million DOT has already spent, reports Atlanta Business Chronicle broadcast partner WXIA-TV.

For more than two decades leaders have talked about building a modern transportation hub at Atlanta’s “gulch,” a blighted area near the CNN Center and the Georgia Dome. Last July, President Barack Obama and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed promised to fast track the project.

In a letter to the DOT, obtained by WXIA-TV, Norfolk Southern was blunt:

“There is insufficient available Norfolk Southern right-of-way in and about the City of Atlanta, (generally inside the Interstate 285 Perimeter) to add passenger service.”

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