(CBS Atlanta) Marietta-based American Maglev, Inc. says they are ready to move forward with a rail project nearly 20 years in the making. Their new line will be less than a mile long, according to president Tony Morris. However, he said it will be the first of its kind in North America, and will service an area that has never had rail service: Turner Field.
“I think this will have people take a second look, and when they do that, compared to sitting in traffic for an hour after the game, I think people will opt for this and integrate this into their Braves experience,” said Morris.
The trains are magnetically powered, run without wheels, and cost roughly $20 million per mile of track. Morris said he has already agreed to a partnership with the Braves, to help sponsor the new rail, which will be paid through private financing.
The line would connect Turner Field to the Georgia State University MARTA station, also serving roughly 2,000 students who rely on a shuttle system to get them from the Turner Field parking lots to campus.
“We think we can move those students back and forth, so they have no excuse not to be on time for class,” said Morris. ” These projects take a long time, and we’re really excited about the opportunity to put the first one here in Atlanta.”
Morris said he expects the new line to be open in time for Braves’ Opening day in 2015.