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Amtrak to consider adding service in Ohio Corridor


Today, Amtrak announced plans to evaluate the feasibility of operating intercity passenger-rail service between Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio.

The state’s governor has asked Amtrak to conduct the study, which will be funded by Ohio. Amtrak will work with freight railroads that own the track to determine necessary capital improvements to launch passenger-rail service in the “3-C” corridor. Amtrak’s study will be divided in two parts: Cleveland to Columbus, and Columbus to Cincinnati.

The corridor would serve as the backbone of the “Ohio Hub,” the state’s long-term vision for passenger-rail service.

Currently, Amtrak operates two trains daily through Cleveland and three days a week through Cincinnati. The railroad hasn’t served Dayton and Columbus since 1979.

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