Since 2007 the Georgia and Tennessee Departments of Transportation have been studying the possibility of a high speed rail line connecting Atlanta with Chattanooga. Such a connection would be a huge step forward in regional mobility and accessibility and would have an enormous economic impact on Northwest Georgia between the two cities.
One of the first major milestones in such a project is the publication of the Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Tier 1 DEIS), released by the GDOT in conjunction with its Tennessee counterpart as well as the Federal Railroad Administration.
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