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Senate supports Brain Train resolution

Sonny Perdue may not have signed on, but the Georgia state Senate supports a commuter rail proposal to link Athens and Atlanta.

The Senate unanimously passed a resolution urging Congress to provide money for the project, known as the Brain Train for its proximity to colleges, including Georgia Gwinnett College.

"We are very pleased to see that our state's legislators are treating regional and statewide transportation needs with the high priority they deserve," said Lilburn's Emory Morsberger, chairman of Georgians for the Brain Train. "We feel commuter rail, particularly the Brain Train, is the fastest and most economical way to increase capacity in the congested northeast Georgia corridor. This project has been studied thoroughly. Now it is time to act."

A similar resolution has been filed in the House by Rep. Clay Cox, R-Lilburn. Sen. Don Balfour, R-Snellville, sponsored the Senate version.

"We need to squeeze every drop of capacity out of our transportation system that we can, and we need to do it today," said former Transportation Commissioner Wayne Shackelford, who is from Snellville. "The Brain Train should be at or very near the top of our list of priorities."

Johnson to host open houses

Congressman Hank Johnson will host an open house at his Lithonia District Office from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Johnson, a Democrat, represents the 4th Congressional District, which includes the Lilburn and Norcross areas of Gwinnett.

"I look forward to the Open House and seeing old friends, neighbors and constituents," Johnson said. "While the office has been operational and serving constituents for two months, this will be the first opportunity we've had to officially welcome District residents to their new congressional office."

The Lithonia office is located at 5700 Hillandale Drive, Suite 110. A second office will open near Tucker in March, district office director Kathy Register said.

Johnson has scheduled two Town Hall meetings for March 31. The forums begin from 10 a.m. to noon at Tucker High School's cafeteria, on LaVista Road and will continue from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Clarkston campus of Georgia Perimeter College.

For more information call Congressman Johnson's District Office at 770-987-2291.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.