CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Chattanooga leaders are exploring an ambitious plan to provide a $35 million light rail public transportation system there.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the city council has asked the U.S. Transportation Department for a $400,000 grant to study the idea.

If approved, the city would have to chip in another $300,000.

Although many details still have to be worked out, the plan calls for leaning heavily on existing tracks to which the city can acquire the rights.

If the project goes through and is successful, advocates say it could redefine the way people move about the city, breathe new life into depressed parts of town and help Chattanooga's business core.

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