Amtrak in talks for new Atlanta station at GM plant site

July 31, 2015

Amtrak’s current Atlanta station is a small, former Southern Railway suburban passenger station in the Brookwood area on Peachtree Street. All of the original pre-Amtrak downtown Atlanta stations and terminals have been gone for decades.

Amtrak has entered discussions with state transit officials and a major railroad to put a new station on the former site of the Doraville General Motors Co. plant.

MARTA and Norfolk Southern Corp. have held conversations with Amtrak this year about that possibility, people familiar with the talks said.

The discussions come two years after efforts fell through to relocate Atlanta’s historic Amtrak station at Brookwood on Peachtree Street.

The former GM site, at the convergence of Interstate 285, Buford Highway and Peachtree Industrial, is an intriguing option for a multi-modal project involving Amtrak because of its central location that could link the region’s suburbs to its urban core.

Few sites have more transportation access for the region’s auto or train commuters.

The full story from the Atlanta Business Chronicle can be read by clicking here.

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