Ohio works to get on track for a share of railway stimulus funds
Posted by Karen Farkas/Plain Dealer Reporter February 23, 2009 05:40AM
Categories: Real Time News, Traffic
Passenger rail advocates in Ohio don’t want to be left at the station as an unprecedented $8 billion in economic stimulus funds are distributed for high-speed and intercity rail projects.
All Aboard Ohio, a nonprofit organization promoting rail, has asked the Ohio Department of Transportation to go after $400 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for 10 projects, including $250 million to establish passenger rail service on existing tracks between Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati.
“Ohio has as much a chance as anybody else,” said Ken Prendergast, the organization’s interim executive director. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
ODOT must submit a strategic plan by April 18, 60 days after President Barack Obama signed the stimulus bill into law, Prendergast said. The Federal Railroad Administration will distribute the funds to state transportation departments. The money, which does not have to be matched with any local or state dollars, is available through Sept. 30, 2012, the longest time frame in the stimulus plan.
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