The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Monday that it has applied for $34 million in federal funding to accelerate development of high-speed rail service between Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tenn., with additional links eventually being added to Nashville and Louisville, Ky.

The funds are being sought from the Federal Railroad Administration under the U.S. High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail program created by Congress last year and would be used to plan and implement high-speed service along approved corridors.

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