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Congressman David Scott Applauds New Commuter Rail

Washington, D.C., November 15, 2006 | Chandra Harris (770-210-5073)
Congressman David Scott Applauds New Commuter Rail

“I applaud the Norfolk Southern Rail Company and the Georgia DOT for their recent agreement to proceed with a very important commuter rail line from Atlanta to Macon – with the first phase being the Atlanta to Lovejoy line in south Clayton County,” said Congressman Scott. “This represents an extraordinary partnership between the U.S. Congress, Georgia Legislature, Governor Sonny Perdue, GDOT, Clayton County government and Norfolk Southern. This will certainly offer a badly needed means of alternative transportation for traffic congestion, especially in the fast-growing South Metro area.”

“Equally as important is the extraordinary opportunity for economic development on the Southside of Atlanta. For instance, with nearly 400,000 NASCAR fans being drawn into Clayton and Henry Counties each year, this commuter rail line provides a way to get these fans out of their cars and onto the train to spend money in the many shops, restaurants, and attractions that will avail themselves in Jonesboro, Stockbridge, Forest Park, Morrow and connect into downtown Atlanta attractions.”

“I can even see passengers viewing new attractions celebrating Clark Gable and Vivian Lee, who brought Tara to the big screen, which is what this part of metro Atlanta is known for, as well as the air museum in Morrow.”

“Here in Congress, this is good news for us who led the effort in securing the initial $87 million. Atlanta is now poised to lead the nation on commuter rail service.”

An agreement between Norfolk Southern and the Georgia Department of Transportation was announced late Tuesday night.