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COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and State Rep. Calvin Smyre were part of a delegation that met this week with high-ranking federal officials on the subject of the proposed rail line between Columbus and Atlanta.

Smyre is co-chairman of the Mayor's Commission on Passenger Rail along with attorney Edward Hudson, who also traveled to Washington, D.C., with the Georgia delegation.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the delegation met with Joseph Szabo, the administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and members of Vice President Joe Biden's senior staff to pitch the proposed line between Georgia's two largest cities.

In 2012, Tomlinson appointed a 30-person passenger rail commission to study the proposal, then commissioned a $360,000 feasibility study.

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