State officials study commuter rail impacts

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State officials are preparing to conduct a revenue, cost and ridership analysis of passenger train service between Birmingham and Montgomery.

AL.com (http://bit.ly/ZsTU8k) reports the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is awarding a one-year $182,000 contract to Denver-based HDR Engineering Inc. and the Federal Railroad Administration has provided $100,000 to help finance the study aimed at restoring rail service between the cities.

Officials say a second study is also planned to consider rail service between Montgomery and Mobile.

The website reports the commuter rail study is one of many items the Alabama Legislature's contract review committee expects to discuss Thursday.

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Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews



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