Improve Cincinnati – Chicago trains, advocates say

September 23, 2014

CINCINNATTI − A local transit advocate is attempting to gain regional support for expanding passenger rail service between Cincinnati and Chicago.

…Derek Bauman […the regional director for All Aboard Ohio, a statewide non-profit transit advocacy organization…] so far has won support from some local political leaders for the idea of offering daily, high-speed train service to Chicago, a popular business and leisure destination for Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky residents.

Bauman and… Pete Witte pitched the idea to the Hamilton County commissioners and regional transportation leaders at a meeting on Monday…

Costs to upgrade Amtrak infrastructure are unknown, and it’s uncertain whether it’s even feasible, Bauman said. First, his mission is to try to generate bi-partisan support from federal, state and local leaders in Ohio and Indiana. He’s at least off to a good start here at home.

“This is without knowing the cost, but just the concept is a great idea,” Cincinnati City Councilwoman Amy Murray said. “With the way airfares are going up and the support we’ve seen for Megabus, high-speed rail on a consistent basis to Chicago could be a game-changer.”

…Columbus, Fort Wayne and seven other Ohio and Indiana cities have officially agreed to work on improving passenger service between Columbus and Chicago, according to central Ohio’s primary transportation planning agency…

Read the rest of the story on Cincinnati.com, 22 September 2014

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