Ohio Passenger Group Wants Better Cincy Service

All Aboard Ohio is calling for improved rail passenger service between Cincinnati and Chicago, including 110-mph service.

But the proposals are unlikely to get a friendly reception from the state.

The rail passenger advocacy group cited the inconvenience of the late-night, tri-weekly Amtrak’s Cardinal, which is the only intercity rail service in the Queen City.

The group said that the poor schedules and skimpy service of the Cardinal has kept Cincinnati from having the opportunity to participate in the surge in regional rail ridership enjoyed by other cities.

“We see the challenges with our air system. You see that intercity rail ridership numbers are going through the roof. We need to not be left behind. People say, ‘That is something I could really use.’” said Derek Bauman, a community activist and member of All Aboard Ohio’s board

All Aboard Ohio wants to see 110-mph rail service between Cincinnati Union Terminal and Chicago at least four times per day.

The group estimates that $40 million is needed for the first stage of track, signal and station projects.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich seems unlikely to be receptive to the proposal given that he rejected $400 million in federal funding for improved rail service in 2011.

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