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Columbus leaders want in on regional rail plans

COLUMBUS, GA (AP) - City leaders in Columbus are pleading with lawmakers not to allow plans for high-speed rail service in Georgia to bypass their community.

City Manager Isaiah Hugley told lawmakers the issue is no different than when some cities didn't push to get on the interstate highway system in the 1960s and '70s, and their economies suffered because of it.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that plans for future rail services were discussed Thursday during the area's annual legislative agenda meeting.

High-speed or light-rail train lines from Atlanta to Athens, to Macon and to Savannah have been discussed under the Gold Dome.

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said her city must be involved in those discussions.

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