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.