Jan 17 2020
11:38 am

Amtrak wants to start a route between the two cities. The stops would Nashville International Airport, Murfreesboro, Tullahoma and Chattanooga.

Amtrak wants to connect Nashville to Atlanta

JR01's picture

Terrible idea

They should route it through here instead.

jbr's picture

It seems that would

It seems that would effectively turn Chattanooga into a suburb of Atlanta and Nashville. Would be a huge boon to those cities listed as stops.

JR01's picture



jbr's picture

The stops are quoted from the

The stops are quoted from the original news article in the article post to Knoxviews above.

michael kaplan's picture

There was another plan for a

There was another plan for a Knoxville - Chattanooga - Huntsville - Florence - Memphis route, with connection at Chattanooga for Atlanta.

JR01's picture

Source? (Meant to reply to

Source? (Meant to reply to you not JBR)

michael kaplan's picture

I don’t know who originally

I don’t know who originally proposed this, but the route is shown on the “Proposed National Grid-and-Gateway Passenger Train Network” published on the website. As I recall, the route was proposed during the Haslam administration, and quickly dismissed. A Knoxville-Nashville route was not recommended because of the difficult topography.

(The yellow is existing, blue is proposed.)


jbr's picture

There had at one time already

There had at one time already been a Knoxville Nashville route in place.

michael kaplan's picture

That's true, but I think

That's true, but I think there were technical problems running a high-speed rail trackbed along that route. At least, that's what I recall.

Andy Axel's picture

wasn't high speed, but

in 1931 the Tenn. Central Railway had service from Hopkinsville to Harriman (continuing service to Knoxville by way of the Harriman & Northeastern/Southern Railway)

and this amtrak proposed service isn't high speed either

don't know what fragments of rail that might still exist but maybe a current CSX map would show that

Treehouse's picture


Any new passenger train is a good idea!

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