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Mayor: Plan for bullet train likely stopped in its tracks

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Chattanooga is looking into the possibility of building light commuter rail throughout the Tennessee city.

But Mayor Andy Berke tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1HE9uGj ) that a 17-year-old plan to connect Chattanooga to Atlanta with a bullet train is likely stopped in its tracks. He says he doubts there is money or political will to build a high-speed rail along Interstate 75.

This is the first time a Chattanooga mayor has acknowledged the bullet train might not happen.

The high-speed rail plan started in 1998.

Since then, Chattanooga has spent $1.3 million in local funds toward the first part of a $17.1 million study. The newspaper says that in 2011, Georgia added $1.5 million and the Georgia Department of Transportation and Atlanta each put in $250,000.

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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