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LS Transit Systems consultant Stanley Feinsod "expressed optimism" yesterday about a proposed commuter rail system in GA. In a meeting with the Georgia Rail Passenger Authority (GRPA), Feinsod "declined to say whether his report would recommend the state start the service." Feinsod will submit the $2M completed report to the GRPA in December. State Rep. Terry Coleman, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, told the GRPA this week that "he would like to see 'demonstration' lines up and running" from Savannah to Atlanta and Athens to Atlanta by the '96 Olympics (David Goldberg, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/21).
Atlanta HOST and Olympic sponsor AT&T are teaming up to for the "AT&T True Hospitality '96" program to provide bed-and- breakfast for families of up to 10,500 athletes. Atlanta HOST is an organization of 28 churches searching for volunteers to donate housing, breakfast, and limited transportation during the Games. AT&T Program Manager Bill Blair said the company is hoping a large number of its Atlanta-based employees, as well as employees of other Atlanta sponsors, will offer lodging. AT&T will also create a temporary hospitality center at its headquarters and try to arrange discount airfares and event tickets for athlete's families (Melissa Turner, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/21).