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.
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.
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.
Daily passenger rail service in Georgia is served by four Amtrak routes, three of which serve coastal Georgia, the Palmetto, Silver Meteor, and Silver Star. The Palmetto operates between New York and Savannah, while the Silver Star and Silver Meteor operate between New York and Miami. Each of the three coastal trains stop in Savannah, and the Silver Star adds a stop in Jesup. North Georgia is served by Amtrak’s Crescent route, which travels between New Orleans and New York City with stops in Atlanta, Gainesville, and Toccoa.
In partnership with the Federal Railroad Administration and neighboring states, Georgia is exploring opportunities for high-speed rail along the federally-designated Southeast Corridor. More information about this multi-state effort can be found on the Southeast Corridor project website: https://www.ncdot.gov/divisions/rail/projects/southeast-corridor/Pages/default.aspx.