TDOT Discusses Moving More Freight To Railroads

Chattanooga (AP) -- Local officials in Southeastern Tennessee are in on the conversation as state authorities discuss moving more freight by rail.

McMinn County Mayor John Gentry says rural areas are going to get the traffic one way or the other. Gentry says if it's safer to move freight by railroad, he's all for it.

TDOT environment and planning Chief Ed Cole says officials are trying to anticipate truck traffic on the interstates and says state and local governments can no longer plan separately.

Records show as much as 40 percent of interstate traffic in some rural parts of Tennessee is trucks. Truck traffic statewide is expected to increase by 73 percent from 1998 to 2020.

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