FRA to Study Chicago-Ohio Rail Corridor

Passengers wait in the Amtrak station in Cleveland.

Passengers wait in the Amtrak station in Cleveland.

A rail passenger corridor from Chicago to Ohio will be a focus of the upcoming Midwest passenger rail study to be undertaken by the Federal Railroad Administration.

The FRA will spent $2.8 million to study passenger rail in the Midwest and southeast.

The Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission asked the FRA last November to include the Chicago-Ohio corridor in its planning activities.

The MIPRC applied for passenger-rail planning on behalf of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

MIPRC said that it has received more than 90 letters of support, including some from participating departments of transportation, cities and counties, MPOs, freight railroads elected officials, unions, universities and other advocacy groups.

The FRA study will seek to identify and state a long-term passenger-rail vision for Midwest and southeast.


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