Nine Mayors To Sign Agreement Supporting Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus Passenger Rail Corridor

August 6, 2014

Fort Wayne [Indiana] Mayor Tom Henry and the mayors of eight other cities announced today that they will sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) within the week calling for cooperation in development of a Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus passenger rail corridor.

The Indiana cities include Fort Wayne, Warsaw, Plymouth, Valparaiso and Gary. The Ohio cities represented are Columbus, Marysville, Kenton and Lima.

The MOA calls for the parties “…to systematically and incrementally develop… a corridor from Chicago to Columbus through northern Indiana hereafter known as the Northern Indiana/Ohio High Speed Rail Initiative.” [The parties will also work toward]  the federally required Environmental Impact Study (EIS), the next step in developing the passenger rail line…

“This is a big step forward in the effort to bring passenger rail back to our community,” said Mayor Henry. “The Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus corridor will be good for citizens throughout northern Indiana and central Ohio. It will increase transportation alternatives and help boost economic development and tourism.”

A rail corridor feasibility study concluded that approximately 2.1 million riders would use the Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus route in 2020… [and] also estimated that for every $1 of investment, $1.70 would be generated in economic return…

The 300-mile-long passenger rail corridor would operate up to 12 trains daily, each direction, along the route. Express services would link downtown Chicago to Columbus in less than four hours.

Read the whole story on the City of Fort Wayne’s official website, 6 August 2014.



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