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CHATTANOOGA (Times Free Press) - For the first time since the idea started gaining steam over a decade ago, Atlanta is committing funds for a study related to the proposed bullet train between Chattanooga and Georgia's capital, an official says.

"They're finally having some vision," said Joe Ferguson, who oversees the high-speed rail project for Chattanooga's Enterprise Center, about $250,000 Atlanta is chipping into the study.

When the bullet train idea started to leave the station in 1998, Jon Kinsey was mayor of Chattanooga, Newt Gingrich was speaker of the U.S. House and Bill Clinton was president.

But up to now, Atlanta had not provided funding for studying the project while Chattanooga has pledged at least $1.7 million, figures show.

Read more about this story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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