The Atlanta to Charlotte PRCIP Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) provides
an analysis of the proposed project at a broad scale. The Tier 1 EIS describes the need for
and purpose of the Atlanta to Charlotte PRCIP project, and it identifies potential route alternatives, station locations and levels of additional, new train service.
The Tier 1 EIS will consider the potential environmental, economic and social effects
of each route alternative. It will also include a conceptual engineering and financial
analysis to estimate ridership, cost and revenue for each route alternative. GDOT
will use all of this information to select its preferred passenger rail route alternative for the
Atlanta to Charlotte corridor.
The Tier 1 EIS will solicit and consider comments about the Atlanta to Charlotte
PRCIP from the public and local, state and federal agencies. Preparation of the
Tier 1 EIS allows environmental effects to play an important role along
with other factors such as feasibility and cost in decisions made about
the potential project.
A Service Development Plan (SDP) for the preferred route alternative will include
refined Atlanta to Charlotte PRCIP operational characteristics and capital costs,
and will outline options for phasing and implementation of the project.