Proposed train service from Birmingham to Shelby Co., Montgomery - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

Proposed train service from Birmingham to Shelby Co., Montgomery

Posted: Updated:
abc3340.com abc3340.com
SHELBY COUNTY-AL -

 

If you hate rush hour driving on I-65, state planners may have a solution. They're considering a passenger rail system, stopping in several cities, along the way to Birmingham. Monday, mayors in Shelby County met to talk about the possibilities. There are several proposals from the "Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs." One restores the Gulf Breeze Amtrak service  to Mobile. Another runs along the I-65 corridor. But the one most cities south of town seem to be the most excited about is the proposal to stop in Hoover, Alabaster, Pelham, Calera and Montgomery.

"I've always seen pictures in this town that talks about Calera being a railroad town years ago," Mayor Jon Graham, Calera said.

That early 20th Century feel may be rolling back into town.

"It's a cost effective way to commute and it would obviously lessen the amount of traffic on I-65," Graham said.

"Communities our size are already doing something like this so it looks like it's time and maybe this is the impetus that we can take some positive steps," Kirk Mancer, President and CEO, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce said.

The proposal  puts three daily North bound trains and three South bound trains on the tracks. Running from Montgomery to Birmingham with stops in Shelby County cities.

"It will be one of the top ten fastest growing counties in the nation," Mancer said.

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce says the  growth is tremendous and having a faster way of getting around would attract more people to move South of the city where cost of living is low.

"If you were to drive down here during rush hour and what not it does bottle up when you go from three lanes down to two, so certainly taking a look at anything they could do to alleviate that congestion," Mancer said.

And Calera is one of the fastest growing cities in the state...

"This being a railroad town, it's really interesting to me," Graham said.

Mayor Jon Graham says the train proposal would not only encourage growth, but even spur new business.

"I think it's a different concept for us down South and it's something that should catch on," Graham said.

We also spoke with the Deptment of Economic and Community Affairs- who initiated the project. The division chief told us the feasibility study is almost complete. They're looking at costs, benefits, and surveying 600 residents. The final report will be released next month.

 

  • Central Alabama NewsMore>>

  • Civil rights protesters march at state capitol

    Civil rights protesters march at state capitol

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:22 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:22:20 GMT
    More than 20 people, including civil rights leaders and ministers, have marched around the state Capitol and Statehouse in the first day of a seven-day protest that stretches across the Southeast.Democratic state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma says the marchers in Alabama are joining those in North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Virginia to protest attacks on civil and human rights.The Alabama group marched around the Capitol and Statehouse in hot, humid weather Frida...More >>
    More than 20 people, including civil rights leaders and ministers, have marched around the state Capitol and Statehouse in the first day of a seven-day protest that stretches across the Southeast.Democratic state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma says the marchers in Alabama are joining those in North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Virginia to protest attacks on civil and human rights.The Alabama group marched around the Capitol and Statehouse in hot, humid weather Frida...More >>
  • Man charged in funeral home theft

    Man charged in funeral home theft

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:38:34 GMT
    Jerry William Duke charged with two counts of third degree burglaryJerry William Duke charged with two counts of third degree burglary
    A Shelby County man is in custody after police say he stole from the same funeral home twice. 32-year-old Jerry William Duke has been charged with two counts of third degree burglary. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the funeral home in both instances.The two break ins occurred at the Midway Memory Gardens funeral home off of Alabama Highway 21 in Talladega County. Captain John McCoy with Talladega police confirm that Jerry Duke broke into the main building of the funeral home...More >>
    A Shelby County man is in custody after police say he stole from the same funeral home twice. 32-year-old Jerry William Duke has been charged with two counts of third degree burglary. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the funeral home in both instances.The two break ins occurred at the Midway Memory Gardens funeral home off of Alabama Highway 21 in Talladega County. Captain John McCoy with Talladega police confirm that Jerry Duke broke into the main building of the funeral home...More >>
  • Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson

    Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:44:52 GMT
    It's been a quieter night in Ferguson, Missouri. Some demonstrators returned to the streets Wednesday evening to protest the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white officer, but in diminished numbers.More >>
    Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly...More >>
Most Popular
Stories
Videos
loading...