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High-speed rail in North Alabama ‘will happen 20 years, 25 years from now,’ says Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle

As the city of Mobile grapples with the decision as to whether or not to invest in restoring rail service to its city, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says his city is also looking at rail option, but on a much more long-term scale.

In a wide-ranging interview with Huntsville CBS affiliate WHNT, Battle offered a look back at 2019 and previewed what could ahead for the Rocket City in 2020.

Among those coming attractions, the Huntsville mayor pointed to improvements to infrastructure, which included laying the groundwork for what WHNT called a “magnetic train system” in the long-term.

“Looking even further ahead, Mayor Battle says the city wants to lay the groundwork now for what might come decades down the road, including more bike and pedestrian lanes, High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes, even possibly, a magnetic train system,” WHNT’s Melissa Riopka wrote.

Riopka included “preserving necessary rights of way, even air rights” to make way for high-speed rail “that goes from one community to another.”

“It’s not anything that will happen in the next five years or 10 years, but something that will happen 20 years, 25 years from now,” Battle said according to the report.

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

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