Columbus mayor forms panel to push for train service

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — The mayor of Columbus has announced the formation of a passenger rail commission to push for regional train service to the west Georgia city.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports (http://bit.ly/t4rPDD) that Mayor Teresa Tomlinson's Passenger Rail Commission will include several top community and business leaders.

Tomlinson hopes the panel will help efforts to get passenger service between Atlanta and Columbus.

Gordon Kenna, CEO of Georgians for Passenger Rail, has said that Georgia's first passenger rail line would likely be from Atlanta to Macon, running through Griffin.

City leaders in Columbus have said that having high-speed rail service to their city is one of their top priorities. They say the issue is similar to interstate highway access, and that their economy would suffer if rail lines bypass the city.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com