Braves pro­pose train for fans

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AT­LANTA — The At­lanta Braves are study­ing the idea of cre­at­ing a new train to take fans from down­town At­lanta to Turner Field.

The team is part­ner­ing with Ma­ri­etta-based Amer­i­can Ma­glev Tech­nolo­gies. The plan calls for two mag­netic levitation au­to­mated cars to move fans at speeds of up to 40 mph, WS­BTV re­ported (http://bit. ly/1e7jKWF ).

The train would start near the Ge­or­gia State Univer­sity MARTA sta­tion, cross over In­ter­state 20 and end in the Turner Field park­ing lots. Of­fi­cials said the sys­tem would likely link into the Metropoli­tan At­lanta Rapid Tran­sit Au­thor­ity sys­tem, but be pri­vately built, funded and main­tained.

At­lanta Braves Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Plant said he's been ne­go­ti­at­ing with the city on the team's sta­dium lease re­newal.

He said get­ting some sort of di­rect tran­sit to Turner Field is a top pri­or­ity.

"We think this would be much more ef­fi­cient," Plant said of the pro­posal to cre­ate the train.

"We think this is a huge op­por­tu­nity to not only solve a huge prob­lem for us but show the world what this tech­nol­ogy can do," Plant added.

An­other as­pect of the plan: The train would run year-round and could also be used by Ge­or­gia State stu­dents who park in the Turner Field lots for school.

Cur­rently, fans that ride MARTA have to take the Braves Shut­tle to head home.

For many it can be a long and some­times frus­trat­ing or­deal tak­ing a bus, then a walk be­fore get­ting on a train.

"If you can make it quicker, I'm go­ing to be all for it," said Braves fan Ted Don­ley.

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