How about the idea of a speedy commuter rail between Huntsville and Birmingham that included a shuttle train that would allow you to roll on with your car, stay in the car, and roll off at the destination? See here for a description:
Let's explore connecting the Huntsville International Airport to Bridge Street, the Space and Rocket Center and Downtown
The northern end of Slaughter Road (at 72) got fixed and it is a big improvement. Now it's time to fix the south end. This termination point has several big issues: 1) The Norfolk Southern rail line has an at grade crossing. By itself it's not really a problem when a train is passing through, but when it is slowing to stop the road can be blocked for a long time with no place for cars to turn around and reroute to ...more »
I have always liked the Huntsville Depot and the rail services available in other cities. I wish we had the same here for local passenger transportation. Streetcars, trolleys, light rail, subways, whatever the name, they are a delight to me when traveling in cities that have those services available. I love the greenway bike and walking trails too, and I have seen both combined along the same right-of-way in cities like ...more »
Currently you have to drive to Birmingham to take the train. A spur that serves Huntsville and Nashville would make it easier for people here to visit other southeastern cities and vice versa -- and might spur price competition between the airport and rail service. It's only $39 to ride between Atlanta and Birmingham round trip.
Ease and efficiency of transportation is key for any city to grow and fluorish. Currently, Huntsville is not only without a substantial mass transit system, it is cut off from other major metropolitan areas with regard to rail connectivity. Huntsville is home to a state university, the second largest research park in the nation, an international airport, a hospital district, a downtown, a military installation, and ...more »