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22:50  19 january  2020
22:50  19 january  2020 Source:   thepointsguy.com

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Amtrak executives are starting the year off with a bang.

Reports are surfacing that Amtrak wants to launch a route from Nashville to Atlanta, with stops in Murfreesboro, Tullahoma and Chattanooga.

The idea is in the early stages, though, as the federal government would need to create a grand program for the states first. CSX Corporation, the railroad owner, would also need to add more passenger trains. Amtrak is a federally owned corporation and pitched the idea earlier this week at a House Transportation panel meeting.

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If all goes according to plan, it will be Nashville’s first Amtrak route. Ray Lang, Amtrak’s government affairs director, noted that the route would be six-and-a-half hours, with rides twice a day from both cities.

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