Alleged new Amtrak proposal would turn Columbus into a hub for rail travel

Jack McLaughlin

According to an alleged new Amtrak map that’s making the rounds throughout local social media, Columbus could become a new hub for travel in the Midwest.

According to multiple sources, an updated railway plan was allegedly introduced at the annual Amtrak board of directors meeting on Dec. 1 would see the city gain direct rail connections to a host of regional cities. 

The map depicts Columbus with direct routes to Toledo, Fort Wayne, Cincinnati (this route extends to Louisville and Nashville), Chillicothe, Athens, Pittsburgh and Cleveland.

Image via Reddit user tribeviibe


Amtrak did not immediately respond to a request to confirm the proposal.

Last spring, President Joe Biden unveiled an updated $2 trillion infrastructure plan, which included $80 billion worth of funds earmarked for rail travel, a new Amtrak route (via its ConnectUS plan) was floated that would connect Columbus to Cleveland, Dayton and Cinncinati.

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