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Panel will pursue rail transit system

...federal environmental guidelines for the rail project. Mr. Barnes appointed the team early in his term to develop commuter rail systems linking Columbus, Macon, Savannah and Athens with Atlanta. The Athens line might take a back seat to the planned...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/01/05/met_331246.shtml
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Regional authority approved

...authority will have $2 billion in bonding authority, which could be used to build and run rapid transit and/or commuter rail systems plus help cities come into compliance with federal air-quality standards. U.S. law prohibits federal money...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/03/24/met_257114.shtml
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Transportation, air quality to top legislative agenda

...creating an independent authority during the upcoming General Assembly session with broad power to plan and operate commuter rail systems. With the state facing the loss of tens of millions of dollars in federal road funds because of air quality violations...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/12/09/met_246936.shtml
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