The Georgia DOT, frequently criticized as too focused on highways, has launched an ambitious plan for a high-speed rail linking Atlanta and Charlotte. According to press reports, the DOT and the Federal Railroad Administration held three "scoping" meetings during early June, using an open-house style in order to show attendees the routes and high-speed technologies being considered in the project's beginning stages. No estimates were offered as to the overall cost of the project, or as to the price a passenger would have to pay for a ride. The study comes courtesy a $4.9 million grant funded 80% by the federal government and 20% by DOT. Subject to identifying the necessary funding, the high-speed service could begin along the Atlanta-to-Charlotte corridor by 2025.