Transportation demand is outpacing existing and planned roadway capacity between Atlanta and Chattanooga. Currently, there are three major highways serving the corridor: I-75, US 41, and US 27. These highways are projected to operate at or above capacity by the year 2025. There is a need for additional capacity, but increasing vehicular capacity alone may not be an adequate strategy.
This Tier I EIS will investigate and assess transportation, environmental and planning
issues for potential HSGT service developed for the study. The potential corridor alternatives will include, a variety of routes, station locations,
operating plans and potential for phased implementation. The study will also estimate
ridership, capital and operating costs, revenue projections and economic impacts.
The purpose of the Atlanta – Chattanooga HSGT Project is to enhance intercity passenger
mobility and economic growth between the metropolitan areas and airports of Atlanta,
Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee by providing new, high-speed ground transportation
passenger service. The Project is also intended to provide faster and more reliable
intercity travel in the corridor by providing an alternative to highway, intercity
bus, and air travel in a manner that is safe, reliable, and cost-effective, while
avoiding, minimizing, and mitigating impacts on the human and natural environment.