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    News
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    Advocates For Passenger Rail Back Proposed Columbus-Chicago Link

    July 24, 2012

    by Tom Borgerding

    89.7 NPR News Managing Editor

    Advocates for passenger rail service in Columbus are backing a proposal to start Columbus to Chicago service through Lima and Fort Wayne, Indiana. Ken Prendergast of All Aboard Ohio, says Fort Wayne civic leaders envision 110 mile per hour passenger trains would run daily from Columbus to Chicago and back.

    “And that’s what we call kind of a ‘toe in the water’ approach to introducing passenger rail service to a region that has not had it in a long time.” Says Prendergast

    READ MORE: http://beta.wosu.org/news/2012/07/24/advocates-for-passenger-rail-back-proposed-columbus-chicago-link/

    #507279

    Pickerington_Kyle
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    Ok, here we go with train discussions.

    #507280

    Alex Silbajoris
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    Ooooooo. For a reasonable fare I’d be happy to hit Chicago without having to drive or fly, then not having a vehicle to worry about when I’m there. Man that could be a CU excursion.

    #507281

    kit444
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    I would love this route as well, as it’s my most frequent destination, but it seems like a random pairing of cities.

    #507282
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    kit444 said:
    Seems like a random pairing of cities.

    Why’s that? Looks like a lot of existing Amtrak routes line up in an East-West configuration.

    #507283

    kit444
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    Walker said:
    Why’s that? Looks like a lot of existing Amtrak routes line up in an East-West configuration.

    It seems like the 3C connection is more natural starting point. I’m not complaining about it. Please, someone hook us up by train to Chicago.

    #507284
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    kit444 said:
    It seems like the 3C connection is more natural starting point. I’m not complaining about it. Please, someone hook us up by train to Chicago.

    I agree. I think Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland are a natural pairing for passenger rail service. Large populated regions all sharing the same state.

    But yeah, I wouldn’t mind also being connected to Chicago in one direction and Pittsburgh (and beyond) in the other.

    #507285

    Graybeak
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    I wonder the travel time and what the fare will be.
    Looks like megabus makes it for about $49 in between 6.5-8.5 hours.
    Not sure if that is reasonable or not.

    #507286

    geoyui
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    Walker said:
    But yeah, I wouldn’t mind also being connected to Chicago in one direction and Pittsburgh (and beyond) in the other.

    The “beyond” sounds pretty interesting. Pittsburgh for instance is not serviced by CMH, so I can see this being a popular route.

    #507287

    columbusmike
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    Whether or not you are for rail, this could be a reasonable (low cost) test to see if further rail spending should be pursued.

    #507288

    b_horseman
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    I think it’s a great idea!

    #507289

    GCrites80s
    Participant

    For 3C fans, notice that this does have 2 of the Cs. Once people in Ohio get used to passenger rail again the 3rd C might fall into place pretty easily.

    #507290

    Rockmastermike
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    geoyui said:
    The “beyond” sounds pretty interesting. Pittsburgh for instance is not serviced by CMH, so I can see this being a popular route.

    Indeed. It might be very popular, as the train from Pitt is a sweet way to get to Penn Station, Manhattan where bringing a car with you is actually expensive and detrimental to having a good time. Also Philly, DC, and Boston.

    Chicago is Amtrak’s gateway to the western and the NOLA route. It would be really cool to be able to easily transfer to those routes from here.

    #507291
    Jason Powell
    Jason Powell
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    Pretty bad when Columbus, WI has an Amtrak station and we don’t. Anyways, a train to Chicago would come in handy for me once or twice a year. The last time I drove, gas and parking set me back roughly $215, plus another 700 miles on my odometer. Seeing as though a trip from Cleveland to Chicago costs about $110, a Columbus route should not be much more. I’d gladly pay about half of what I spend to drive there. I never need my car when I get there anyway. Also, to say that we had a high speed route to Chicago would be a nice economic incentive for the city.

    #507292
    rus
    rus
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    I see that rail advocates have suggested this route, but what’s the odds of it actually happening?

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