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Amtrak wants to build five Ohio routes

Amtrak wants to build five Ohio routes

Sarah Sole

Would you travel by rail in Ohio?

Amtrak reps are thinking the answer is yes.

According to All Aboard Ohio, a group that advocates for better transportation within the state, Amtrak has proposed a new rail program in Ohio consisting of five routes:

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Cleveland-Columbus-Dayton-Cincinnati Corridor: Three daily round trips with intermediate station stops
Cincinnati-Indianapolis-Chicago: Four daily round trips with intermediate station stops
Cleveland-Toledo-Detroit-Pontiac: Three daily round trips with intermediate station stops, including a possible extension of Wolverine Corridor service from Chicago
Cleveland-Buffalo-Albany-New York: Two daily round trips with intermediate station stops
Cleveland-Pittsburgh-New York: One daily roundtrip with intermediate station stops via an extension of Keystone Corridor train service.

According to All Aboard Ohio, Congress could approve the new program in the coming month: Amtrak is requesting $300 million annually from Congress to develop “high-potential” routes under 750 miles. Among these are the Ohio routes proposed above.

In addition to that Federal funding, the proposal also hinges on the Ohio Department of Transportation’s biennial budget, according to All Aboard Ohio. That budget, slated for spring approval, would have to authorize the development of federally compliant corridor plans.

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