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Oxford Indicates it May Fund Amtrak Station

December 29, 2016

News media reports out of southwest Ohio indicate that the City of Oxford is prepared to spend up to $350,000 to establish a stop for Amtrak’s Chicago-New York Cardinal.

Amtrak 4The seven-member Joint Miami University-Oxford Amtrak Committee estimates that establishing the stop would cost between $1 million and $1.3 million.

That would include a 300-foot platform, an open-air canopy or shelter, and sidewalks.

Members of the Oxford City Council have spoken in favor of the station and signaled they are willing to consider helping to fund it.

The study committee has suggesting establishing the station south of Chestnut Street adjacent to Talawanda Local Schools’ Nelson-Morrow Building.

Parking and restrooms could be provided in the former Talawanda High School site.

No time frame has been announced on when the city might approve funding for the station.

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

December 22, 2016

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.

2 Sites Eyed for Oxford Amtrak Station

December 9, 2015

Amtrak is eying two locations in Oxford for a station to serve the Chicago-New York Cardinal.

The sites include former BP Oil property at 719 S. Main St. and the area south of Chestnut Street adjacent to the city garage.

Railroad officials have indicated they favor the Chestnut Street site because the BP property does not have room for a 400-foot station platform.

“We are looking at a Category 4 station, just a platform with a canopy,” said City Manager Doug Elliot. “They gave us information on which site they prefer. We need to get approval, not only from Amtrak, but also CSX. Next, we have to talk about who owns the site.”

The Chestnut Street location not only would allow for a 400-foot platform but also has the advantage of having adjacent land that is publicly owned.

City officials said a category 4 station would be “a minimalist stop” and “basically a bus stop.”

Oxford Amtrak Committee member Alan Kyger said the platform design would need approval of CSX, which owns the tracks used by the Cardinal through Oxford, a southwestern Ohio city that is the home of Miami University.

CSX also owns the property on which the platform would be constructed, but the shelter at the site would be off railroad property.

“CSX owns the track and they are all about freight trains. Amtrak can interfere with freight travel,” Kyger said. “From what we hear, that can take a long time. CSX oversees all work on this project. It adds a layer of cost. It adds a layer of time.”

Kyger said having government entities owning much of the space to be used for the station helps the process.

“We’re at a point where we need to figure out where to put this and how much it will cost and who will pay for this,” Kyger said, adding that estimates may range from $500,000 to more than $1 million.

“Everybody agrees it’s a great thing but who’s going to pay for it?” he said.

Kyger said Amtrak and city officials are open to other possible locations for an Oxford station.

“It’s not moving as fast as I would like,” he said. “No doubt, everyone would like to see it moving faster than it is. The good news is that Amtrak is on board.”

Amtrak rejected making Oxford a stop for the tri-weekly Cardinal in 2009 but has been receptive to recent efforts to revive the idea.

Miami University has been supportive of the campaign to establish an Amtrak station in Oxford, which despite having been on the Cardinal route for several years has not had intercity rail passenger service since the early 1950s.

If the Oxford stop is established, the Cardinal, would serve the city in the dead of night. It would be the second stop on the route between Cincinnati and Indianapolis.

Oxford Continues Push to Become Amtrak Stop

June 2, 2015

Potential ridership in Oxford, Ohio, is strong enough to merit establishing a station there to serve Amtrak’s Cardinal, city officials say.

The city of Oxford and Miami University will continue to lobby Amtrak to stop the Chicago-New York train in this city located 25 miles northwest of Cincinnati, the nearest station.

Miami University, which has more than 1,400 students from Illinois alone, has been working with the city to pursue the stop for Amtrak’s tri-weekly Cardinal.

Alan Kyger, the city’s economic development director, said the costs for the station would be covered by the city, so it is expected to be little more than a station with overhead canopies.

City officials have not yet projected how much the shelter will cost. “The eventual decision-makers are going to be city council and Miami University,” Kyger said.

Amtrak has asked for information showing the proposed station site, including property ownership information, whether there will be other uses of the facility and what funding has been obtained.

A committee is expected to have recommendations on the station by the end of summer.