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State officials push for 300-mile passenger rail

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Updated: September 8, 2014 11:06AM



FORT WAYNE — Indiana officials have announced another push for the construction of a passenger rail line in Fort Wayne.

WOWO reports that nine mayors of towns in Indiana and Ohio signed a memorandum of agreement proposing the development of a passenger rail that would connect Chicago, Fort Wayne and Columbus, Ohio. The proposed Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus passenger rail corridor would be 300 miles long. Express services would connect travel from downtown Chicago to Columbus in less than four hours.

The nine cities plan to work together to secure funding for a study to examine engineering, technical analysis and servicing planning.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry says all of the local economy and residents will benefit from the passenger rail. He says it will increase transportation alternatives and tourism.



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