Proposed plans for a high-speed rail that would run through the Upstate are expected to be completed by next year, but whether that rail line would pass through the city of Greenville is not yet known.
According to the Greenville News, the Georgia Department of Transportation is studying three possible routes for a line that would pass through the Upstate on its way from Atlanta to Charlotte.
Two routes under study, the I-85 route and the “Southern Crescent,” would go through Greenville itself. A third line under consideration, known as the “Greenfield” route, would not pass through the city. Instead, it would go through Andersonand sidestep Greenville.
The Greenfield route would require the most construction, but planning officials say it would allow for speeds up to 220 miles per hour. The Interstate 85 line could have potential speeds between 125-220 mph.
One plan for the Southern Crescent route would limit the train to a top speed of 79 miles per hour due to car traffic. No decisions about as to which route is the final version have been made.
Planners have said if and when a high-speed rail system from Atlanta to Charlotte would be completed is simply unknown at this time.