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Tennessee transportation agency hires firm to study proposed commuter-rail line

The Middle Tennessee Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) has authorized a contract with Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc. to study the possibility of building a commuter-rail line between Clarksville and Nashville, Tenn.

Grant money and a local match by the RTA totaling $1.2 million has been secured for the study. Parsons Brinckerhoff was selected after a request for qualifications was issued in April, RTA and Clarksville officials said in a press release.

"People have been talking about the possibility of a commuter-rail service between Clarksville and Nashville for a long time. By working with the RTA, we are moving closer to making that a reality," said Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan, who serves as RTA's vice chair.

This project will build upon recommendations in a 2008 feasibility study and explore alternatives to improve the commute between Clarksville and Nashville, RTA officials said.

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