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ADECA studying commuter train from Birmingham to Montgomery

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Taking the train to work could be a possibility in the future for some Birmingham-area residents.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs has commissioned a study that looks into the feasibility of a commuter train from Birmingham to Montgomery.

One of the plans includes making stops along the way, several of which would be in Shelby County.

An engineering firm out of Denver is wrapping up their study now that looks into establishing a passenger rail service from Birmingham to Montgomery.

There are four alternatives included in this plan. One of those would consist of making several stops along the route.

If this plan is executed, we would see passenger trains make three trips daily each way with four stops between Birmingham and Montgomery. Those stops would be in Hoover, Calera, a Pelham-Alabaster stop and a stop in Elmore County.

Today, the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce brought mayors from around the county together for their quarterly meeting. At this meeting, the plan for these passenger trains was presented to the group. No decisions were made to support this project or not.

But the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce says this is certainly something that peaks their interest and they plan looking into the project more in depth in the future.

"Transportation is something we would take a look at. Certainly if there was an opportunity for those stops to be in Shelby county, we would certainly want to weigh in on those,"said Kirk Manser of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.

This is not a project we would see sometime in the near future. The study into the possibility of a passenger rail service is still on-going.

ADECA plans to receive and release the final report sometime next month.

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