A bill that would help set up high-speed rail between Clayton and Bibb counties wont leave the station during this legislative session.
State Rep. Keisha Waites, D-Atlanta, told the House of Representatives Intragovernmental Coordination Committee that her House Bill 6 simply starts the conversation about high-speed rail.
It would create an authority in charge of land acquisition as well as building and running a rail.
The land deal is a no-go for some committee legislators. The authority would have the power of eminent domain to force property owners to sell land.
High-speed rail would require either a new or expanded corridor or building on stilts. Conventional freight rail is not suitable for a range of reasons, such as the number of road crossings and proximity to buildings.
The committee had only scheduled a discussion on the bill, not a vote.
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