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Amtrak Proposes 5 New Passenger Train Routes for Ohio

Walker Evans Walker Evans Amtrak Proposes 5 New Passenger Train Routes for Ohio

Columbus has been without passenger rail service since 1977 when the final train departed from the now-demolished Union Station. But that could change in the near future if a new plan from Amtrak moves forward to bring new rail service to Ohio. According to an update from advocacy group All Aboard Ohio, representatives from Amtrak […]

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Columbus to Chicago Rail Proposal Still on the Table

Brent Warren Brent Warren Columbus to Chicago Rail Proposal Still on the Table

Yesterday’s announcement that a hyperloop route between Chicago, Columbus and Pittsburgh will be further studied might leave some wondering — what happened to the proposal to build a high speed rail line on essentially the same route? The passenger rail proposal, which would connect Columbus to Chicago by upgrading existing freight lines, is not dead. […]

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Initial Planning Starts for Rail Corridor to Chicago, Columbus Not Part of Effort

Brent Warren Brent Warren Initial Planning Starts for Rail Corridor to Chicago, Columbus Not Part of Effort

The plan to build a high-speed rail corridor connecting Columbus and Chicago took a small step forward yesterday, although Columbus’ level of involvement in the project is in question. A coalition of local jurisdictions, businesses and foundations – all located west of Lima, Ohio, and mostly clustered in the Fort Wayne area – have come […]

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Rail Advocate Optimistic About Columbus to Chicago High Speed Line

Brent Warren Brent Warren Rail Advocate Optimistic About Columbus to Chicago High Speed Line

Since a proposal for high-speed passenger rail from Columbus to Chicago was first unveiled last summer, interest in the idea has been strong. Mayor Coleman’s office called the idea “promising,” local advocacy group Transit Columbus saw an outpouring of support on social media, and the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has since said that […]

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Advocates Push for Next Step in Columbus-Chicago Passenger Rail Proposal

Brent Warren Brent Warren Advocates Push for Next Step in Columbus-Chicago Passenger Rail Proposal

A proposal to connect Chicago and Columbus with high-speed passenger rail is seeing new signs of life. Local advocacy group Transit Columbus has started a petition on change.org that focuses on the next step in the process; a ‘Tier One’ environmental assessment that would cost about $2 million dollars. The group hopes to influence the Mid-Ohio […]

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High Speed Rail Line Proposed Between Columbus and Chicago

Brent Warren Brent Warren High Speed Rail Line Proposed Between Columbus and Chicago

A rail advocacy group in Fort Wayne called the Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association last week unveiled a study (PDF) looking at the feasibility of running a 110-mph passenger rail line between Columbus and Chicago. The study, which calls for upgrading existing freight lines, estimates that the entire project would cost about $1.285 billion and be […]

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Barone-y is Full of Baloney on High-Speed Rail Transportation

 Bill Hutchison Barone-y is Full of Baloney on High-Speed Rail Transportation

Michael Barone and his elitist supporters are afraid of change that might upset their comfortable gravy train. (Article: “High-speed rail plan doesn’t make sense for U.S.“) Make no mistake about it: Big Oil and the billionaire Koch brothers want things just the way they are so they can continue reap huge profits from our overdependence […]

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