Can an Amtrak line from Nashville to Atlanta become a reality? A Nashville lawmaker thinks so. It's a popular idea that seems to be growing.

State Representative Jason Powell introduced legislation to authorize a feasibility study for the Amtrak line. It easily passed the House Transportation subcommittee. The study could begin as early as this summer.

Tennessee is a virtual Amtrak desert, except for a small branch that skirts Memphis on the way to Chicago. Using existing freight and CSX tracks, the Amtrak line would span Tennessee — from Memphis to Nashville — with stops in Murfreesboro, Chattanooga and then Atlanta.

Powell says it would be a transportation changer, and give people in Nashville more travel options.

 

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