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  • #507293

    ehill27
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    Well… I have little doubt that it will happen some day. Just not sure what decade.

    #507294

    NerosNeptune
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    Personally I’d be a lot more excited about a train to Chicago than a train to Cleveland..

    Unfortunately there’s almost no information in this article. Some unknown person/people envision a train going from Columbus to Ft. Wayne to Chicago? OK.. I’m sure there are also people who envision a bridge across the Atlantic.

    #507295

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

    Long odds while Kasich is governor. After 2014, if he loses, who knows?

    #507296

    NEOBuckeye
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    NerosNeptune said:
    Personally I’d be a lot more excited about a train to Chicago than a train to Cleveland.

    A train between Columbus and Cleveland should be equally as inevitable, given all of the NE Ohio expats who live in Central Ohio, myself included. I-71 between Columbus and Cleveland/Akron isn’t a terrible drive, but it would be nice to kick back and relax or get some work done instead of driving.

    #507297

    NerosNeptune
    Participant

    yeah, didn’t mean that in a we-shouldn’t-have-one-to-Cleveland way.. From what I hear the drive between Columbus and Cleveland around a holiday is miserable.

    #507298

    NEOBuckeye
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    NerosNeptune said:
    yeah, didn’t mean that in a we-shouldn’t-have-one-to-Cleveland way.. From what I hear the drive between Columbus and Cleveland around a holiday is miserable.

    The worst bottleneck by far is the two lane stretch from the northern half of Delaware County to the Morrow County/Richland County border, although it looks like they are finally widening it to three lanes so that should help somewhat.

    Incidentally, the best stop between Columbus and Cleveland is the GOASIS station off the Ashland/US 250 exit. Nothing like stopping there on Christmas Eve and finding the place jammed full of last minute shoppers.

    #507299
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    NEOBuckeye said:
    The worst bottleneck by far is the two lane stretch from the northern half of Delaware County to the Morrow County/Richland County border, although it looks like they are finally widening it to three lanes so that should help somewhat.

    And the best part is that the highway widening is absolutely free! ;)

    #507300

    Pablo
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    Walker said:
    And the best part is that the highway widening is absolutely free! ;)

    It’s magic! Not only was it free, but the highway was widened overnight and not spread out over 15 years. None of this “start small and expand over time” nonsense those rail advocates recommend.

    #507301

    thefiercelime
    Participant

    That would be awesome. Chicago is probably my favorite US city. I love New Orleans, NYC and Nashville too but Chicago can do me no wrong. Love it. Let’s make it happen!

    #507302

    columbusmike
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    NerosNeptune said:
    Personally I’d be a lot more excited about a train to Chicago than a train to Cleveland..

    Unfortunately there’s almost no information in this article. Some unknown person/people envision a train going from Columbus to Ft. Wayne to Chicago? OK.. I’m sure there are also people who envision a bridge across the Atlantic.

    This route has been studied to death for about 15 years. There’s pretty minimal track upgrades, all the mentioned cities are well onboard, and it’s predicted to have heavy ridership. Hopefully they can hurry up and get it going sooner rather than later.

    #507303
    Chris Sunami
    Chris Sunami
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    That would be great! And although the 3C rail sounds more like a natural starting place, the longer route might actually be the more useful/appealing one, since it’s a much more taxing and expensive drive.

    #507304

    dubdave00
    Participant

    columbusmike said:
    This route has been studied to death for about 15 years. There’s pretty minimal track upgrades, all the mentioned cities are well onboard, and it’s predicted to have heavy ridership. Hopefully they can hurry up and get it going sooner rather than later.

    I’m interested… Are any of those studies public anywhere?

    #507305

    mrmann
    Member

    Holding my breath, but imaging others are taking dibs on it…

    #507306
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Overwhelmingly popular with the Facebook crowd:

    #507307

    I wish Columbus had a train station. You would think it would be a lock as a “gateway to the west”. Besides, I could go to Brooklyn for New Year’s and sleep it off in my car on the way home..

    I could go to Texas without going through Chicago…

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