The Ohio Hub has been mentioned a few times on the blog so far, and this past week it’s been making the rounds in just about every Ohio news source thanks to an AP story that features a new discussion on the project:
Passenger trains pitched as way to ease traffic, pollution in Ohio
By Julie Carr Smyth
Sunday, September 23, 2007
COLUMBUS — A little-noticed state commission believes it has a way for commuters to beat congestion, high gas prices and global warming all at once: Take a train.
A regional high-speed rail system — called the Ohio Hub — would also save millions spent building and fixing roads each year.
A recent economic study commissioned by the panel found that such a system could draw 9.3 million passengers a year by 2025 and offset $2 billion in road maintenance expenses for the cash-strapped state.
Freight and passenger trains from hubs in Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo would link to other stops throughout Ohio and in nearby states.
Evidence is also strong that the system could make enough from fares to pay its own bills.
Some 1,200 miles of track — some crossing state lines — would whisk 110-mph trains filled with passengers from Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo and Lima to in-state and out-of-state destinations.