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People in Columbus need to organize and put pressure on the Mayor's office and the city council.  Organize like they did in Cincinnati for the streetcar.  That's what gets the job done.

 

The Cincinnati Streetcar is not the best analogy for building and operating a rail line of this size and, for that matter, any size, even a 3.5 mile loop.

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The headline is hyperloop. But the study will evaluate a near-term, modern, 110-mph #Columbus-#Chicago passenger #rail on upgraded, underutilized rail infrastructure serving Marysville, Kenton, Lima and Ft. Wayne. That's why the enroute communities helped to fund this. Hyperloop, if built, won't serve them. Passenger rail will.

 

Columbus taking steps to secure future Hyperloop route

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180221/columbus-taking-steps-to-secure-future-hyperloop-route

 

Who or what is going to build and operate this Columbus-Chicago high-speed line?

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LOTS OF EMBEDDED LINKS IN THIS ARTICLE AT THE LINK BELOW:

http://allaboardohio.org/2018/02/21/pittsburgh-columbus-chicago-transportation-plan-starts/

 

Pittsburgh-Columbus-Chicago transportation plan starts

kjprendergast on February 21, 2018

 

All Aboard Ohio welcomes the Pittsburgh-Columbus-Chicago high-speed transportation study announced today by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission of passenger rail and Hyperloop. This important study will extend to Columbus and Pittsburgh the planning work already occurring between Gary, IN-Lima, OH of 110-mph high-performance passenger rail and add Hyperloop as an alternative technology for consideration. Because Hyperloop is an unproven technology that does not operate in revenue service anywhere, a feasibility study of its practicality is warranted. It remains to be seen whether this technology is better suited to moving passengers or shipping time-sensitive freight between regional distribution centers.

 

“Because of this and because Hyperloop, if built, is unlikely to serve any cities between the major cities of Pittsburgh, Columbus, Fort Wayne and Chicago, it is important to also advance the planning for and development of proven, modern, high-performance passenger rail,” said All Aboard Ohio Executive Director Ken Prendergast.

 

High performance passenger rail, when combined with station-area real estate development in major urban centers and small cities alike, is a growth industry for public-private partnerships throughout America and around the world. Brightline in Florida, Acela Express in the Northeast Corridor, Texas Central in the Lone Star State, and higher-speed (90-110 mph) passenger rail in the Midwest, California and Pacific Northwest are all models for Ohio.

 

“Brightline, in particular, is leading a disruptive renaissance in passenger rail,” Prendergast said. “It’s a private-sector initiative that creates and captures value and positive synergies between transportation and supportive land use to eliminate the need for ongoing operating subsidies. A similar initiative between Columbus and Chicago could capitalize on both cities’ economic growth as well as a reported fire sale of CSX-owned rail corridors and the state’s ownership of a significant portion of the rail corridor between Columbus and Pittsburgh.”

 

Columbus-Chicago is already part of a Midwest Regional Rail Plan, sponsored by the Federal Railroad Administration, that considers this travel corridor as viable for passenger rail. This plan is scheduled to be released this spring. Envisioned for Columbus-Chicago are limited-stop express trains taking less than four hours to reach downtown Chicago regardless of weather, and local-stop trains boosting local economies in smaller cities in between. Fares will cost less than flying or driving while on-board comfort and business travel productivity will be superior to all other forms of transportation. The planning funds contributed by the City of Marysville, City of Lima and Union County demonstrate the interest by these en-route communities in being served by this transportation corridor.

 

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The Cincinnati Streetcar is not the best analogy for building and operating a rail line of this size and, for that matter, any size, even a 3.5 mile loop.

 

 

Because of people like you.

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The Cincinnati Streetcar is not the best analogy for building and operating a rail line of this size and, for that matter, any size, even a 3.5 mile loop.

 

 

Because of people like you.

 

No because the Cincinnati streetcar has become the poster city of how not to build and operate a rail line...or in CIN’s case, a rail loop.

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http://allaboardohio.org/2018/10/16/lima-ft-wayne-chicago-rail-planning-advances/

 

NOTE: The Oct. 23 Lima public meeting below is separate from the Oct. 20 All Aboard Ohio Fall Meeting, also being held in Lima. The following is a press release from the Northern Indiana Passenger Rail Association. Their original press release in PDF format is HERE.

 

For Release:     Monday, October 15, 2018

Contact:         Mary Tyndall, City of Fort Wayne, 260-427-5958, mary.tyndall@cityoffortwayne.org
Rich Juram, NIPRA, 260-450-0584

 

Public Meetings Set to Discuss Passenger Rail
Meetings are Next Step in Process to Secure Federal Funding

 

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Northern Indiana Passenger Rail Association (NIPRA) is scheduling four public meetings throughout northern Indiana and northwest Ohio to discuss recent work completed and the next steps in securing funding for a Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus passenger rail line.


The meetings are scheduled at the following dates and times:

 

Tuesday, October 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m., (EDT) Lima Municipal Center, City Council Chambers, 50 Town Square, Lima, OH;

 

Wednesday, October 24, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., (EDT) Allen County Public Library, Rooms A & B, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN;

 

Wednesday, October 24, 5:00-7:00 p.m., (EDT) City Hall Council Chambers, 102 South Buffalo St., Warsaw, IN;

 

Thursday, October 25, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., (CDT) Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, 2nd Floor, 162 W. Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN.

 

The meetings will begin with a welcome from local officials and then a brief presentation from HNTB, a consultant firm hired to complete an analysis required under federal law in order for the rail project to receive federal funding. As part of this work, HNTB, in consultation with NIPRA and the Federal Railroad Administration, developed a Purpose and Need Statement, created a Public Involvement Plan, performed an analysis of the route options, developed service alternatives along the preferred route and performed preliminary engineering to develop high-level cost estimates based on the chosen service alternatives.  The work is being done in several phases and this phase focuses on the corridor between Lima, OH and Gary, IN of the proposed Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus passenger rail route.

 

After the brief presentation, HNTB, NIPRA and local representatives from the respective communities will be available with presentation boards set up throughout the room to answer questions and take comments in an open house format. The information will include: proposed locations for all the train stations, an estimate of the amount of double tracking that will be needed, possible train schedules, estimated ridership and revenue, and estimated capital costs.

 

By performing this preliminary work, the Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus Passenger Rail Corridor will be in position to compete for the limited federal and state dollars available for passenger rail development.


“This work is complementary to and supportive of the work being done by other rail partners to improve passenger rail service throughout Indiana, especially in northwest Indiana where they are actively working to improve regional transportation with commuter and passenger rail,” says Rich Juram, NIPRA president.  “Similar efforts also continue in Ohio to develop this corridor.”

 

The proposed Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus corridor would provide high-quality passenger rail connections to 100 Midwest cities through a regional rail network that offers safe, comfortable and reliable service with amenities such as Wi-Fi and food service. Initial plans are for trains to travel at a maximum speed of approximately 79 miles per hour and eventually travel at 110 miles per hour. In many communities along the route, scheduled stops would take place at existing historic train stations, such as the Baker Street Train Station, 221 W. Baker St. More information about the Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus passenger rail, including the reports produced for this current work, can be found online at www.niprarail.org.

NIPRA partners with community stakeholders, business leaders, and government leaders to bring modern passenger rail service back to Fort Wayne and the communities of northern Indiana with strategic connections to surrounding states.

 

HNTB Corporation is an international employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm serving public and private owners and contractors. With more than a century of service, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. Professionals deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program and construction management.

 

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Additional research on the potential economic benefits from this proposed rail link, especially to smaller cities, is available here…..


Orthoworx – Parsons Brinckerhoff 2011 study on the benefit to Warsaw, IN’s world-renowned orthopedics cluster from fast, direct rail service to Chicago and O’Hare Airport

NIPRA – TEMS 2013 Northern Indiana/Ohio Passenger Rail Corridor, Feasibility Study and Business Plan Executive Summary

http://allaboardohio.org/2018/10/16/lima-ft-wayne-chicago-rail-planning-advances/

 

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