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Passenger rail is one step closer here in Columbus.
Columbus City Council has announced their support for the push for Amtrak’s potential expansion of passenger rail service into the area. The line would go from Pittsburgh to Chicago, coming through Columbus, and there would also be a line between Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, and Cleveland.
“Ohio is the largest state without any ongoing passenger rail development or any ongoing program and Columbus is the second-largest city in the nation without inter-city public transit and the largest city in the nation without rail service,” Thea Walsh Ewing, with MORPC, said.
Council's passes resolution to support Amtrak's potential expansion of passenger rail services in Ohio, including the extension of new passenger rail services via Columbus. @SG_Hardin pic.twitter.com/yU0r6ykUrx
— Columbus Council (@ColumbusCouncil) March 29, 2021
Five new routes were floated by Amtrak here in Ohio back in January. The Cleveland-Columbus-Dayton-Cincinnati (3C) Corridor would have three daily round trips with intermediate station stops.
Here in Columbus, we haven’t had any passenger rail service since 1977. The idea of being able to hop on a train and go to Cincinnati or Cleveland for the day would be a total game-changer for most Ohioans.
Columbus City Council members are asking for Congressional action for funds to make the rail line happen.
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