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Fast trains for Ohio

KTOL TV in Toledo files a significant item on The Ohio Hub, which has a link in the right hand column. The story is all about the Ohio Rail Development Commission’s move to improve regional transportation.

They say a regional high-speed rail system called the Ohio Hub would also save millions spent building and fixing roads each year. Freight and passenger trains from hubs in Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo would link to other stops throughout Ohio and in nearby states.

The 10-year-old idea has been mired down in problems with environmental rules, property issues, turf battles and a price tag of $3.8 billion.

But now, officials say new support by Governor Strickland, who’s on board look for federal money, could help catapult the idea from the drawing board to reality.

My brain just doesn’t work right nay more. Isn’t that $3.8 billion figure wrong? It is a “fact” question. Do I have to look everything up for myself?

The Akron Beacon had an excellent report, which is worth a look. They hit the highlights of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association perfectly. Here is the link to a story from the same source which is good, except for the childlike belief that highways don’t cost billions.

_Would create estimated 54,000 jobs.

_Trains of 110 mph would draw 9.3 million passengers a year by 2025.

_Trains of 79 mph would draw 6.2 million passengers a year by 2025.

_About 80 percent of passengers would come from cars.

_1,200 miles of track would link hubs in Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo to existing rail networks for travel throughout the Midwest and Canada.

_Freight would move along the lines when passenger traffic is low.

_ The 3-C corridor, linking Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland, would be first built.

_First route could be up and running in 7 years.

SOURCE: Ohio Rail Development Commission.

So why would it take 7 years to upgrade existing tracks? Just wondering.

The proposal for the Ohio Hub is awfully well thought out. You should become familiar with it.

Filed under: Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, Regional USA Passenger Rail

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