For nationwide and regional rail travel, improving the Ohio rail system is essential. The Ohio Hub project would have integrated Ohio into the national passenger rail network and increased the efficiency of rail travel for surrounding states.
While the economic benefits of improved rail services is clear, federal funds have been repeatedly rejected by Governor John Kasich. For progress to be made on any project, funding must be found and accepted. To reject this funding is to hamstring economic growth and prevent improving links between Chicago and the East Coast and links within Ohio.
In the future, the Midwest needs high-speed rail in Ohio so that it can integrate the Midwestern high-speed rail network with the East Coast.
According to a study by the Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association, this project could create 26,800 full time jobs and generate $700 million in household income. The 110-130 mph line was first proposed in 2004, and has continued to gain traction and advocates. The Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commision has taken the lead in organizing support from local communities along the proposed route and among regional organizations. They hope to start a Tier I Environmental Impact Study (EIS) of the route, the first step in moving the project towards construction. Click here to learn more
The construction and delivery of the streetcar vehicles are currently delayed, which may push back the opening of the strretcars. Click here to learn more
The current route via Indianapolis is inadequate, taking nearly 10 hours to travel. This connection has huge support among Southern Ohio communities and universities, the Ohio and Indiana DOT and now a bipartisan senate bill; The Railroad Reform, Enhancement, and Efficiency Act of 2015 (RREEA, S.1626). High-speed rail between Chicago and Cincinnati would be largely beneficial for residents of communities on both ends of the line and is incredibly important for regional connectivity. Click here to learn more