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SPEEDING OFF TO CHATTANOOGA AND ATLANTA

A Chattanooga Choo Choo may one day be shuttling back and forth to Atlanta on a high-speed rail line. But that depends on the outcome of a feasibility study about to get under way.

Congress authorized $5 million for the study of a 110- to 200-mph rail between the two cities.

Representatives from northwest Georgia and Tennessee meeting here in late August said they want to get reaction from residents in every county, town and community along Interstate 75 between the two cities.

Some of the issues residents need to address are where they would want the train to stop and whether the train should run through downtown areas or along the highway.

Officials hope the speed of the train would entice some metro Atlanta travelers to use the under-used Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport and relieve some of the congestion at overcrowded Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport.