Rail

With over 4,600 miles of active rail lines, Georgia has the largest rail network in the Southeast. Georgia’s location provides direct rail access to the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Midwest regions of the United States.

Georgia DOT’s Intermodal Division conducts planning and project development for freight, passenger, and commuter rail operations within the state, and the development of the State Rail Plan, which identifies long-range freight and passenger needs.

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Georgia Railroad Map

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Rail Facts

4,600

Resurfacing

Active Rail Miles

465

Safety and Rehabilitation

GDOT Active Miles

28

Bridges

Freight Railroads


5

Resurfacing

Tourist Rail Operations

4

Safety and Rehabilitation

Amtrak Routes

2

Bridges

Deepwater Ports



​Freight Rail

Georgia boasts one of the most extensive freight rail systems in the U.S. that transports more than 196 million tons of freight. The railroad system in Georgia includes 28 freight railroads, including two Class I railroads – Norfolk Southern and CSX, as well as the largest intermodal facility on the East Coast.

3,631

Mainline (Class 1) Track Mileage

Estimated Track Route Mileage

1,012

Shortline Track Mileage

Estimated Track Route Mileage



​Passenger Rail

The Georgia Rail Passenger Program consists of a comprehensive plan for two distinct kinds of rail transportation: commuter and intercity trains, and proposed high-speed rail systems.

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Estimated Track Route Mileage

Estimated Track Route Mileage

Georgia Rail Map

Georgia Rail Map

Georgia boasts one of the most extensive Freight Rail systems in the U.S., with 5,000 miles of track that run through most of the state’s 159 counties.
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Class I Railroads

The Freight Rail System primarily consists of two Class 1 Railroads—Norfolk Southern and CSX, which own and operate 71% of the total state system.

Railroad ​Railroad Miles
Norfolk Southern 1,912
​CSX ​1,626
 

Light Density Lines

Georgia DOT owns nearly 540 miles of light density rail line. Approximately 90% of the 540 miles is leased to a shortline operator.

Overview

The Georgia Rail Passenger Program (GRPP) consists of a comprehensive plan for two distinct kinds of rail transportation: commuter and intercity trains. Commuter trains would serve inbound commuters going to work in the metro Atlanta area in the morning and then traveling home in the evening. Intercity trains would connect communities throughout Georgia and the Southeast. 

The GRPP contains seven commuter rail lines, seven lines of intercity rail service as well as the Multi-Modal Passenger Terminal (MMPT).

Intercity Rail

Intercity Passenger Rail Service in Georgia is provided by the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, known commonly as “AMTRAK.”  


Commuter Rail

Georgia's seven commuter lines serve 55 communities. Once the 425-mile system is complete, commuter trains will transport over 40,000 people to and from work everyday. Intercity trains will run on over a thousand miles of Georgia's railroads, connecting communities all over the state.

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Passenger Rail Service Links

 

High-Speed Rail

Studies continue for high-speed passenger rail service on four corridors:

  • Atlanta to Birmingham
  • Atlanta to Charlotte
  • Atlanta to Louisville
  • Macon to Jacksonville
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Rail

The Georgia Rail System is made up of passenger rail, commuter rail and freight rail service, which consists of over 5,000 route miles.

 

Program Standard

Rail Transit Safety & Security Oversight

High Speed Rail Planning Study