CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - After years of talking, a Chattanooga group says matching money is in place for a federal grant to help advance a proposed Chattanooga-to-Atlanta high-speed rail project.

The head of the rapid rail initiative for Chattanooga's Enterprise Center said the $3.3 million will secure a $13.8 million grant for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Joe Ferguson told the Chattanooga Times Free Press ( ) the money will be spent partly to speed up an environmental assessment and study routes.

Ferguson made the announcement to members of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization.

He said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told him recently that the money should still be available despite federal withholding of some money because of budget shortfalls.

Georgia applied for the grant in December 2008.


Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press,

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