Gahanna City Council just dissed the Ohio Rail Hub Commission by rejecting their study proposal. 25 other Ohio communities are on board with this so far. Why is Gahanna sitting out? And what will they say if passenger rail gets built around them? Will they feel left out?
Council: City won’t support rail-hub study
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007
By TARA STUBBS-FIGURSKI
Gahanna City Council voted 4-3 Monday night to reject a request to pass a resolution of support for an Ohio Rail Hub study.
The Ohio Rail Commission requested that Gahanna join 25 Ohio communities and organizations in supporting the federal funding of a rail environmental-impact study.
The proposed plan includes a 1,244-mile intercity/interstate passenger rail service with 44 stations. Columbus is projected to be the second major hub.
“There are still people out there wanting to push light rail,” council member Nick Hogan said. “If there really was a market for it, it would already exist.”
Council member Tom Evers said although at some point, the federal government provided land grants for the railroad, the government consistently funds highway construction with the gas tax.