Fewer trains in Vinings in 2012

In my last post about the Vinings Vision Plan, I talked about some great grassroots and government sponsored initiatives to help foster a better and more defined Vinings.

I realized I might have buried the lead after I posted the story  about Vinings Vision Plan that the Smyrna Patch had delivered. At the end of the article there is some information from Bob Voegeli, president of the Vinings Homeowners Association:

“Voegeli also addressed traffic congestion caused by passing trains through the Vinings Village. He thinks some of that congestion will lessen when the Plant McDonough south of Vinings off Plant Atkinson Road switches to natural gas. Georgia Power is in the process of retiring two, smaller, coal-fueled generating units at the plant, and replacing them with three 840-megawatt combined cycle natural gas units.

A switch from coal-burning to natural gas powered at the nearby Plant McDonough may mean a 38% reduction in trains rolling through Vinings on a daily basis....during the year 2012! Photo by Flickr user Bartlett2.

A switch from coal-burning to natural gas powered at the nearby Plant McDonough may mean a 38% reduction in trains rolling through Vinings on a daily basis....during the year 2012! Photo by Flickr user Bartlett2.

“Voegeli estimated that about 65 trains travel through Vinings a day. When Plant McDonough makes the transition to natural gas in 2012, about 25 of the trains that would normally carry coal to the plant will no longer be needed.”

Wow, that is a 38% reduction in daily trains through Vinings! Wow!! I’m all for natural gas at Plant McDonough, aren’t you?!  The article from Georgia Power says that the three installations of natural gas units will be in January and May 2012, and the final one in January 2013.

Please click here to see the entire article from the Smyrna Patch about the Vinings Vision Plan.

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