Alignment Alternatives

Potential Alignments and Station Locations

Initial conceptual alignments begin at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and end in Downtown Chattanooga. Two types of alignments were developed: alignments that serve various city centers along the I-75 corridor or alignments that avoid densely developed areas.

I-75 Median Alignment: This option is the shortest route in the most densely developed corridor. The rail would remain within the I-75 median for most of its length to minimize right-of-way impacts.

Stations: Hartsfield Airport (Southern Crescent Transportation Center), Downtown Atlanta, Galleria Station, Town Center Station, Cartersville, Dalton, Lovell Field Airport Station, and Downtown Chattanooga


I-75 Corridor Alignment: This option would leave the median on an aerial structure after the dense urban Atlanta area to obtain a potentially higher travel speed.

Stations: Hartsfield Airport (Southern Crescent Transportation Center), Downtown Atlanta, Galleria Station, Town Center Station, Cartersville, Dalton, Lovell Field Airport Station and Downtown Chattanooga


Rome Alignment: This option serves Rome with a potentially higher-speed alignment, bypassing the dense I-75 corridor and activity centers in the southern section of the study area. The alignment would follow Camp Creek Parkway to I-285 and utility corridors in rural areas.

Stations: Hartsfield Airport, Downtown Atlanta, Rome, Dalton, Lovell Field Airport Station and Downtown Chattanooga.


Eastern Alignment: A potentially higher-speed alignment in the northern half of the corridor that would implement an existing rail corridor. The alignment would leave I-75 north of Cartersville and generally follows the 411/CSX corridor.

Stations: Hartsfield Airport (Southern Crescent Transportation Center), Downtown Atlanta, Galleria Station, Town Center Station, Cartersville, Dalton-Chatsworth, Lovell Field Airport Station and Downtown Chattanooga.


Western Suburban Alignment: A potentially higher-speed alignment in the southern half of the corridor.


CONNECTORS

I-285 By-Pass: This option would provide a potentially lower cost and higher-speed alignment in the Atlanta urban area, starting at Hartsfield Airport and continuing on Camp Creek Parkway to I-285. However, this option does not provide for additional stations.

I-285 to I-75 Connector: This option also provides a potentially lower-cost alignment in the Atlanta urban area with potentially fewer impacts. It would also reduce the amount of aerial structures needed. This option does not provide for any additional stations.

Rome to I-75 Connector: This option provides a connection to Rome from the I-75 alignment, departing I-75 south of Cartersville.