Alabama State Explore Idea of Passenger Trains

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Montgomery city officials are working with state officials on a study to determine whether it's feasible to create a passenger railroad line that would allow residents to travel on trains between Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile.
The Montgomery Advertiser reports that in 2009, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community and Community Affairs received a $200,000 matching grant from the Federal Railroad Administration to fund the study.
Robert Smith, Montgomery's director of planning, said the first part of the study will look at a Birmingham-to-Montgomery connection, and will cost $200,000.
Smith said the second phase of the study would determine the feasibility of connecting Montgomery to Mobile, Smith said. The project will cost $200,000 and will depend on Mobile's willingness to contribute.


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