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ADECA conducting feasibility study for Birmingham-Montgomery rail line

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This could be the new commute for some Alabamians. Source: Alan Collins/WBRC This could be the new commute for some Alabamians. Source: Alan Collins/WBRC
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

An Alabama state agency is hoping to relieve some of the traffic congestion we see along I-65 or US-31.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) is conducting a feasibility study to determine the possibility of restoring passenger rail service between Birmingham and Montgomery. Some drivers in Shelby County believe the rail service would help.

"It's hectic.It's hectic. I mean it's bumper to bumper most of the time. It takes forever," Robin DeJohn said.

ADECA would like to see several stops along the way, including one at the shopping center where Stables operates on the Pelham and Alabaster line.

Adrienne Pruitt and her son Ashton deal with the heavy traffic every day.

"I think it would be a big help for commuters because there a lot of people commuting to downtown. It would help save gas for those people," Pruitt said.

ADECA has been in contact with local officials for their input. ADECA is hoping the feasibility study will determine the cost, benefits and projected ridership.

DeJohn suspects Alabamians will park their vehicles for a chance to take a train ride.

"Oh, I think it will be wonderful. It would save us on gas, on waiting in traffic. I think it's a great idea," DeJohn said.

Ashton is also looking forward to a future train ride.

"Yes, with my grand-dad. He wants to, too," Ashton Pruitt said.

There is no word on when the feasibility study will be completed.

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