The lease has long included provisions that could allow passenger rail service on the line. But transit advocates fear the state could give CSX exclusive rights to the line – in effect, shutting out MARTA or something like it for 50 years.
On Tuesday state officials assured lawmakers that a provision for passenger service will be included in the lease. But they asked lawmakers not to tie their hands by amending SR 228 to require such lease provisions. If the resolution passes the General Assembly, the lease would not come back to the General Assembly for approval.
The resolution passed the State Properties Committee unanimously on Wednesday. It must still be approved by the full House before returning to the Senate, which must sign off on other amendments.
You can read the AJC's full article on the issue here.