Georgia Association of Railroad Passengers
PO Box 851
Decatur, GA,  30031
www.garprail.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Georgia to See Improved Rail Access under New Proposal

Decatur, GA, August 13, 2007

With Georgians facing gridlock on the highways,“winglock” in the air, and an enhanced need for transportation options as another hurricane season develops, the Georgia Association of Rail Passengers (GARP) detailed today how a recent proposal by the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) would benefit the residents of the state.

Under the proposal:

Georgia cities and towns along all of the routes would join a nationwide enhanced “grid and gateway” network around the country that will mean more frequent, reliable, and convenient service connecting Georgia better with the rest of the country.

“Demand is up for rail travel in Georgia and across the country,” said Steve Vogel, president of the GARP. "With one hour security waits at Hartsfield-Jackson and with Macon projected to lose local air service, we need passenger rail more than ever."

Amtrak served 157,029 people at its five Georgia stations in 2006, employed 95 residents and expended $31.2 million in goods and services in the state last year.

The proposed grid and gateway map is a key part of NARP’s proposal unveiled earlier this summer. That proposal, available at www.narprail.org/vision, envisions a network that will improve transportation options, facilitate the efficient movement of people and goods, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help wean America off its dependence on fossil fuels.

About the Georgia Association of Railroad Passengers

The Georgia Association of Railroad Passengers (GARP) is an independent, non-profit corporation that advocates rail service as part of a balanced passenger transportation system for Georgia. For over two decades, GARP’s members have worked to expand public awareness of the value of passenger rail service and promote the development of commuter rail service for metropolitan Atlanta, as well as the establishment of a statewide intercity passenger rail service.

For more information, please visit www.garprail.org.

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Media contacts:

Steve Vogel     president@garprail.org          404-373-7530
Jim Dexter     vicepresident@garprail.org     404-687-8753