Montgomery, Alabama to be headquarters for new regional passenger train system by Corridor Capital

June 11, 2016

By Lindsey Rogers, Reporter, WSFA 12

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – A rail developer has set its sights on the Capital City for a new state-wide network of passenger trains.Website Insert Out of the Box Thinking copy

It’s a project that’s been talked about for years, but now it’s taking shape in the form of a public-private partnership and officials say it will have a major economic impact.

J. William McFarland Jr., the Governor’s Designee to the Southern Rail Commission, says the new system will usher in a new era of train travel in Alabama. He’s been working for years to find a way to make rail travel available to more people throughout the state, including the rural areas.

McFarland Jr. thinks the formation of the new system, called Alabama Corridor Rail, will improve transportation and fuel major growth and investment.

“We feel that this is a major step forward for passenger rail but also for economic development, transportation and jobs for the people of our state and particularly in the Montgomery, River Region area,” McFarland said.

Montgomery will be the southeastern headquarters for the new system. The developer, Corridor Capital Rail, is also looking at two different possible locations for a train depot in the heart of downtown, near the Biscuits stadium and restaurants.

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