House approves Brain Train resolution

LAWRENCEVILLE - While taxes to build roads are still being debated under the Gold Dome, legislators this week took time to urge the building of the Brain Train.

The Georgia House gave support to the Athens-to-Atlanta-to-Macon proposed passenger rail service, voting 143 to 12 in favor of a resolution urging its construction.

Although the resolution does not have the weight of a law, "I would hope (Transportation Commissioner Gena Abraham) takes it seriously and makes the Brain Train part of her overall plan," said Rep. Clay Cox, R-Lilburn, one of the bill's sponsors.

Cox said the train line could save lives, reduce traffic and provide an economic boon for locations along the route, which includes stops in Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Dacula and Winder.

On a path that links the University of Georgia in Athens to Georgia Tech, Emory University and Georgia State University in Atlanta, Cox said Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville would flourish.

"It's a win-win for everybody," he said.

The House resolution echoes a Senate draft, passed in that chamber last year.