Could a national high-speed rail hub be in Chattanooga’s future?

Most experts would say no, but a California-based group of cartographers hasn’t let that stop them from mapping out a concept of what a transcontinental railway system could look like.

A quick glance of the new map, created byFirst Cultural Industriesof Berkley, shows a line of 220-mph rail passing through Chattanooga, between Minneapolis and Miami. The map has been making the rounds on the Internet since being revealed earlier this week.

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In theory, one could leave Chattanooga at lunchtime and be in Miami at dinnertime without ever leaving the ground.

The map isn’t the first time a high-speed rail concept has been floated for Chattanooga. For years, the possibility of a bullet train servicing Nashville, Chattanooga and Atlanta has been studied by groups in the region, including the Chattanooga Enterprise Center.

To purchase a poster of the map, click here.

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