Mayoral candidate and former City Councilman David Crockett wants to make the possibility of a high-speed train from Chattanooga to Atlanta a reality.
He said the train would spur economic growth in the region and allow riders to travel between the two cities in 30 minutes.
He said it would bring people from Atlanta to Chattanooga’s airport and create 100 new flights a day here.
“[It] will transform the Chattanooga economy,” he said. “It will transform our convention business. Nothing is more important to Chattanooga than this. This is our biggest opportunity ever to transform our economy, and I intend to get it done.”
He said that most of the project would be paid for by federal dollars.
“If you looked at the cost of adding two lanes of a highway-one going north and one going south-this costs about the same, but [adding highway lanes] doesn’t do anything to spur economic growth,” he said.
He noted that President Donald Trump has been supportive of high-speed rails. Click here for more background about that.
See all of Crockett’s comments from his Thursday news conference below.