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Old 08-15-2009, 02:30 PM
 
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Why won't this state build a train system to connect the major cities?
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Old 08-15-2009, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Why won't this state build a train system to connect the major cities?
It is trying, but it is very expensive to do so. The South has lagged as a whole when it comes to mass transit. MARTA in Atlanta is a joke for a city of that size.
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Old 08-15-2009, 04:28 PM
 
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Georgia Intercity Rail System is the project that is what you want.

"According to Ware, a line would connect Augusta to Atlanta through Athens and another would connect Augusta directly to Savannah. Though it wouldn’t be part of the high-speed infrastructure, he says the routes will appear in the 2011 state rail plan."
-Metro Spirit
Augusta Independent Voice
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Old 08-15-2009, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Prepperland
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Why won't Georgia government build rail or why won't private enterprise build rail transportation?

1. Government,
2. Government, and
3. Government.

[] Private rail is/was taxed out of profitability with respect to passenger transportation. Rail companies had to pay income taxes, property taxes, and indirectly subsidize their competitors - the airlines and paved road based common carriers.
[] Cheap and plentiful oil fueled the death of electric powered rail.
[] Political skullduggery also interfered with rail mass transit.

Solution?
Zero tax - on rail transport companies and their personnel. Instead of giving tax money (after a political battle, and red tape), just waive taxes on rail transport. At the worst, if they're unprofitable, they won't waste tax payer money. At the best, there will be a rush of investment money, seeking tax free profits.

A rapid development of electric powered rail will relieve the traffic congestion, air quality problems, and vise grip that oil based transportation systems have on Georgia - and Atlanta.
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