Southern Museum’s Annual Trains, Trains, Trains Returns in January

December 16, 2013 News Wire 0

The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History will host its popular “Trains, Trains, Trains” event on Jan. 25, 2014. The fourth annual family-friendly event will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 and will feature crafts, vendors and several operating model train layouts. The daylong event will also include interactive programs including a train-themed story time, railroad music and vendors selling train-related items. “Our annual ‘Trains, Trains, Trains’ event has established itself as one of the Museum’s most popular events,” said Dr. Richard Banz, the Museum’s executive director. “This event attracts die-hard railroad

MARTA Won’t Operate New Atlanta Streetcar

December 13, 2013 Todd DeFeo 0

ATLANTA — MARTA will not operate the new Atlanta streetcar when it begins operations next year, WABE reported. “It’s been over the last year that we pretty much determined that the best way to go about this is using a mechanism other than MARTA,” WABE quoted Tom Weyandt, senior transportation policy adviser for Mayor Kasim Reed, as saying. Added Weyandt: “It has to do with a whole set of cost structures…insurance that we would have to assume for a new service that MARTA could not accommodate under their existing rapid rail operation.” When it opens, the 2.7-mile streetcar line will

Report: Airport Rail Link Increases Hotel Room Revenue

November 27, 2013 News Wire 0

Cities with direct rail access from the airport to and from downtown receive nearly 11 percent more revenue per room than hotels in cities without such a connection, according to a report from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the U.S. Travel Association. The study, A New Partnership: Rail Transit and Convention Growth, shows higher revenue per room translates to a potential $313 million in revenue per year for so-called “rail cities.” In the post-recession period, rail cities commanded 16 percent higher revenue per room than hotels in non-rail cities, the organizations said. “Clearly investment in local rail systems

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