Passenger Trains To Be In Ohio By 2011
By Ana Jackson
Published: June 18, 2009
CENTRAL OHIO—The fight for federal money is on, and Ohio is in the race for a piece of the $8 billion that President Obama recently allocated towards improving passenger-rail service.
Passenger trains were expected to be up and running in Ohio by 2010, but the fight for federal money is pushing the project back to 2011.
Governor Ted Strickland is asking for about $250 million to complete the 3-C corridor.
The 3-C corridor would connect Columbus to Cincinnatti, Cleveland, Dayton and stops along some suburbs.
Stu Nicholson, the spokesperson for the Ohio Rail Development Commission, say Ohio is considered a front-runner in the competition for federal funding because the state is working with other Mid-Western and Great Lakes states to share resources.
It may be news to NBC 4, but there are already passenger trains in Ohio, just not in Columbus. Nevertheless, it’s too bad to see the project getting pushed back a year from the original hope of 2010. Better late than never though.