Oxford City Council Members Meet With Amtrak to Discuss Instituting Station for the Cardinal

Oxford city council members met with Amtrak officials this week as part of a continuing campaign to get the passenger carrier to establish a stop in the southwestern Ohio city for the Chicago-New York Cardinal.

amtrak-cardinalProponents of the stop have proposed establishing a station near West Chestnut and South Main streets and are seeking at least $350,000 from the city and Miami University.

The movement to establish the station dates to 2009. That effort fell flat when Amtrak said there was enough demand to warrant the cost of a station.

The Cardinal has passed through Oxford since April 27, 1986, but has never stopped there. The Cardinal once served nearby Hamilton, Ohio, but that stop has since been discontinued.

The nearest station to Oxford served by the Cardinal is Cincinnati.

Efforts to get Amtrak to serve Oxford were renewed in 2015 with proponents pointing to an increase in the city’s population since the previous study.

This time Amtrak encouraged local officials to identify a potential station site. The former Baltimore & Ohio station in Oxford on Elm Street had been razed in 1994.

Amtrak has told Oxford that the carrier will not provide funding for acquiring, building or maintaining of a station.

In naming the West Chestnut and South Main site, Oxford officials have proposed creating a regional transportation hub that would also serve as a bus stop.

The Butler County Regional Transit and Miami University unsuccessfully sought a TIGER earlier this year.

Their current plan is to seek to secure the site and then find funding to pay for the station.

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