Rep. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., told GlobalFax at the Georgia Economic Developers Association’s annual legislative luncheon last week that he is supportive of light rail and high-speed transportation systems in Georgia, based on  European models.

Several commuter train projects that resemble light rail systems such as the S-Bahn surface tram in Germany are underway here, according to deputy project manager Doug Tilden of Mayes, Sudderth & Etheredge Inc. The engineering firm is designing a proposed $2.5 million Northwest Corridor Light Rail Transit System that would run from Town Center Mall to Woodruff Arts Center by way of Cumberland Mall.

A similar light rail from Hartsfield International Airport to Griffin has already been approved by the state legislature but has not been funded.

High-speed trains from Atlanta to Macon and Atlanta to Athens have also been approved, resembling SeimensInterCity Express (ICE3) that was developed to link German cities with neighboring countries through 150 mph passenger trains. Neither line has yet been funded.

Mr. Isakson sits on two sub-committees of the congressional Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the Aviation sub-committee and the Oversight Investigation and Emergency Management sub-committee. For more information, contact Mr. Tilden at (770) 971-5407 or Mr. Isakson’s office at (404) 252-5239. For the full text, see

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