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MORPC Exploring Feasibility of Chicago-Columbus High Speed Rail

Walker Evans Walker Evans MORPC Exploring Feasibility of Chicago-Columbus High Speed Rail

As it turns out, a change.org petition is sometimes all it takes to make some changes. In October, we reported that local alternative transportation advocacy group Transit Columbus had published an online petition to encourage the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) to further explore the feasibility of a new high speed rail corridor running […]

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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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ODOT Says No to COTA, High Speed Rail Funding

Walker Evans Walker Evans ODOT Says No to COTA, High Speed Rail Funding

Via XINGColumbus.com: ODOT Rescinds Transit Funding – COTA Loses New Route February 9, 2011 by John As previously reported, COTA was planning to add a new route connecting Riverside Hospital, OSU Medical Center, Columbus State Community College, the Columbus College of Art and Design, Grant Hospital, and Children’s Hospital.  However, with ODOT funding cut from […]

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Report: High-Speed Rail Will Boost Economy in Ohio

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A new report called “Connecting the Midwest” was released by the Ohio Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) today and provides in-depth information on how high-speed passenger rail systems in the Midwest will create jobs, boost the economy, reduce highway congestion, and reduce fuel consumption. “As the saying goes, ‘you are either part of the problem, […]

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