All Aboard Ohio repots that communities and counties in Ohio have been approving funding for a tier I environmental assessment for a proposed Chicago-Columbus high-performance passenger rail corridor.
The assessment is the first step toward developing a major transportation project.
Backing the project has been the Northern Indiana/Ohio Passenger Rail Initiative, comprised of the nine largest cities on the preferred corridor.
Also taking part are the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and Indiana Department of Transportation.
The project promoters are expected to seek a $2.56 million federal grant for the tier I assessment.
A high-performance rail corridor can involve building a new right of way or rehabilitating an existing rail line by adding safety features that would allow higher train speeds.
A tier I assessments identifies the most cost-effective, environmentally benign route(s), potential station sites and may include a service development plan.
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