Unformatted text preview: A consultant presented the study to the state transportation board Wednesday, estimating
the proposed route's cost between $5 and $16 billion. To give you some idea how much that figure is, ten counties in
Metro Atlanta could levy a proposed one-cent transportation sales tax and over ten years, it would raise an amount
near the low estimate of the rail link's cost. Savannah State Representative Ron Stephens says, high speed rail would address future
needs of business and tourism. "We've got to put the numbers and we've got to start thinking in the future for moving
people faster, more economically and we cant wait until that time is here." Stephens says. But the state has been reluctant to
fund rail for decades. Steve Vogel of Georgia Association of Rail Passengers says, state lawmakers have taken a dim view of funding for rail.
"Our organization has been involved in passenger rail for 25 years," Vogel says. "And we keep hearing the same thing and we keep fighting the
same battles. Georgia is still successfully ignoring anything that has to do with passenger rail." The total cost would depend on whether freight
and passenger traffic share the same line. Georgia would have to share part of the cost. Stops could include Macon, Savannah and Brunswick. The feasibility study was...
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