Federal Railroad Administration: Restore Passenger Rail Service Between Cincinnati and Atlanta
  • Petitioned Paul Nissenbaum

This petition was delivered to:

Office of Railroad Policy & Development
Paul Nissenbaum
Tennessee Department of Transportation
John Schroer
Ohio Rail Development Commission
Matthew Dietrich
Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
Larry Hayes
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Mike Hancock

Federal Railroad Administration: Restore Passenger Rail Service Between Cincinnati and Atlanta

    1. Petition by

      Jordan Engel

      Berea, KY

“The L & N Don’t Stop Here Anymore.” That’s what people across Kentucky and Tennessee have been saying since the last passenger train left Knoxville’s L & N Station in 1968. Today, that region is drastically underserved by intercity public transport. According to a study by the Department of Transportation, there are 9 cities in Eastern KY and TN with population over 5,000 that have no intercity transport, and are not located near other cities with an airport, train stations, or bus station. Automobile dependency is the modern legacy of passenger trains leaving the region, and with gas prices now expected to only continue to rise, it is time for the passenger train to once again return to the depot. A new Amtrak route could bring economic development, provide sustainable transportation, and save people from spending their paychecks at the gas pump. This new route would connect Amtrak’s Cardinal / Hoosier State Route in Cincinnati to the Crescent Route in Atlanta, and could draw ridership from large cities in the North and South in addition to providing a service to residents of Kentucky and Tennessee. Besides, much of the infrastructure for a new route already exists – from the original L & N and Southern Railway stations that still exist in Berea, Corbin, Williamsburg, Knoxville, Chattanogga, Cartersville and Marietta; to the rail itself, which is used daily by CSX. Many of Amtrak’s trains operate on tracks that are owned by CSX, so creating a new Amtrak route would not be without precedent. If we can show them that there would be enough riders then maybe we can bring the train back.

Paul Nissenbaum, Office of Railroad Policy & Development
John Schroer, Tennessee Department of Transportation
Matthew Dietrich, Ohio Rail Development Commission
Larry Hayes, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
Mike Hancock, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Restore Passenger Rail Service Between Cincinnati and Atlanta

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    Reasons for signing

    • Jennifer Prell GLENDALE, AZ
      • over 1 year ago

      Public Transport must be encouraged and supported. We need to really rethink our transportation system.

    • SammyD BBQ DALLAS, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      Railroads have many benefits. They create tax revenue, remove semi-trucks from the congested highways (this leads to road infrastructure savings), provides a means of transportation, cost effective, and lower carbon foot print.

    • Peter Cunningham LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, OH
      • over 1 year ago

      Train travel is a far more environmentally and fiscally responsible form of transportation. Show America that you know where the future is heading and lead the way.

    • Sarah Miller LEXINGTON, KY
      • over 1 year ago

      America is so behind the times with the mass and public transit. This would bring us into the 21st century and provide a drastic reduction in carbon emissions, an affordable alternative to traveling for those unable to pay for high gas prices, and reduce the number of accidents on highways. This has been needed since it shut down. Please restore the railway!

    • Heidi Campbell RICHMOND, KY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because I grew up riding on trains in Europe with my Oma. We went everywhere. I loved every minute of it. I want to ride with my grand kids and my kids .


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