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Atlanta Mayor floats idea of high speed rail to Savannah

9:03 AM, Nov 27, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- In the past several weeks, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has been floating a grand new vision for Georgia - connecting Atlanta and Savannah with high-speed rail, reports Maria Saporta of

"We can create a trail of prosperity between those two regions," Reed said last week during a talk at The Commerce Club.

Saporta writes that Reed said he started to focus on the idea after hearing the complaints of a server at one of his favorite restaurants that Atlanta was not close enough to the coast and the ocean.

But if Atlanta and Savannah were connected by a modern-day, high-speed train going an average of 200 miles an hour, the coast would be within a 75-minute ride from Atlanta.

"We stand here on the precipice of great things," said Reed, who freely admitted that he's been focusing on the basics of running a city. "But the basics should not stop us from dreaming what our city should be. We can't be afraid of doing large things."

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