Multi-million dollar trolley system proposed for downtown Augusta

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 at six o'clock, February 27, 2008

Augusta, GA---News 12 has been telling you about some talk to bring trolleys back to downtown Augusta. City leaders met Wednesday to discuss ways to make that happen. They're suggesting a rail system that would be powered by water from the canal. There is even a map of possible routes, and get this, a college student working on a school project came up with the idea. "It's going to bring a new means of transportation. But not only a new means, but new options for development...utilizing the canal and it's amenities for public life," said Clemson graduate Ben Skinner.

The project would cost $35 million dollars a mile. The current proposal on the table calls for 4 miles. 80 percent of that money is eligible for federal funding so you won't have to pick up the tab on all of it. The downtown development authority is hoping to visit other cities with similar projects in the coming weeks.

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  • by norm Location: augusta on Feb 28, 2008 at 02:53 PM
    First a cannal now a trolley this is why everyone is moving to columbia county.Everytime commissioners get an idea to raise our taxes every year for something stupid.People move away.We have to shop in west augusta or columbia county because buisnesses will not come to richmond county because of the way augusta has been and still being run.Can not fill James Brown Arena or at The Bell Auditorium.Why not fix all the problems that already exist before spending my tax dollars and everyone elses tax dollars.
  • by David Location: Augusta,Ga on Feb 27, 2008 at 08:22 PM
    poor idea...waste of money...waste of people's energy. Serves no purpose. *Just increase our exisitng transit sytem with attractive, energy efficient vehicles and save 151 million dollars!
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