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(Poll) Exploring the Future of High-Speed Rail from Atlanta

Which HSR Route Would You Ride

  • Atlanta to Savannah

  • Atlanta to Charlotte via Greenville

  • Atlanta to Nashville vis Chattanooga

  • Atlanta to New Orleans via Birmingham

In a recent post, we looked into the optimal distances for high-speed rail (HSR) originating from Atlanta. This sparkeed a lively discussion among our followers. The response was overwhelming, with many of you passionately suggesting specific routes that you would love to see developed and use. It's clear that high-speed rail has captured the imagination of many, and we at the SEPRI are excited to continue this conversation by exploring potential routes in greater detail.

To harness this enthusiasm and gather more focused input, we're conducting a poll to identify which high-speed rail route from Atlanta excites you the most. Your feedback is crucial as it can help shape the future of transportation in the Southeast. Here are the route options we’re considering:

1. Atlanta to Savannah

Imagine zipping down to Savannah's charming historic district, with its cobblestone streets and picturesque squares, in a fraction of the time it currently takes by car. This route would connect two of Georgia's major cities, offering a convenient link between Atlanta’s bustling urban environment and Savannah’s coastal allure. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway to enjoy the beaches and the vibrant arts scene, or seeking a quicker way to conduct business, this route could revolutionize travel in Georgia.

2. Atlanta to Charlotte via Greenville

This route would not only connect Atlanta and Charlotte, two major financial and cultural hubs of the South, but also include a stop in Greenville, a city that has seen significant growth and revitalization in recent years. The Charlotte route is particularly compelling due to the strong economic ties between these cities, as well as the potential to enhance business travel and tourism. A high-speed rail link could reduce the travel time dramatically, making it a convenient option for both commuters and leisure travelers.

3. Atlanta to Nashville via Chattanooga

Connecting Atlanta to Nashville with a stop in Chattanooga would open up a fast and efficient travel corridor between Georgia and Tennessee. Nashville, renowned for its vibrant music scene and rich cultural heritage, is a major draw for tourists and business travelers alike. Meanwhile, Chattanooga, known for its beautiful riverfront serves as an important mid-point. This route promises to enhance regional connectivity, fostering greater economic and cultural exchanges between these dynamic cities.

4. Atlanta to New Orleans via Birmingham

A route from Atlanta to New Orleans, with a stop in Birmingham, would link the bustling economic activities of Atlanta with the rich cultural tapestry of New Orleans. Birmingham, with its deep historical roots and growing business sector, would serve as a vital connection point. The appeal of this route lies in its potential to facilitate not just tourism, but also business and educational exchanges, as both New Orleans and Birmingham boast strong university presences and burgeoning industries.

Your Voice Matters

We want to hear from you! Which of these routes would you be most excited to ride? Your input will help inform discussions with policymakers and stakeholders about the future of high-speed rail in the region. Take a moment to participate in our poll and let your voice be heard.

The potential for high-speed rail to transform travel in the Southeast is immense. By connecting key cities with fast, efficient, and reliable transportation, we can significantly enhance regional mobility, reduce traffic congestion, and support economic growth. As we look towards a future where high-speed rail becomes a reality, your insights and preferences are invaluable. Join us in shaping the next chapter of transportation innovation.

Let's make high-speed rail a cornerstone of our transportation future.

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Get to Jax to connect to eventual Brightline extension.


I would ride all of these except Altanta to Nashville via Chattanooga. I live in Huntsville so if it was Atlanta to Nashville via Huntsville I would definitely use it to access both. Being able to do Birmingham to New Orleans would be wonderful.

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