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Ohio Governor-elect: "That train is dead"

Published: November 5, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In his first news conference as governor-elect, John Kasich shot down the proposed passenger train corridor linking Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati. Kasich told reporters: “That train is dead. I said it during the campaign. It is dead. Passenger rail is not in Ohio’s future.” Kasich went on to say that he supports expanding freight rail.
 
The 250-mile 3C Corridor has long been seen by passenger rail advocates as one of the nation’s most promising corridors. Projections estimate that 478,000 passengers would use passenger rail service annually along the route, which would serve an area with a population of more than 6.8 million people. In January the Obama administration announced that Ohio would receive $400 million in federal stimulus money for track upgrades, grade crossings, new stations, and maintenance facilities. If the 3C project ends, that money would have to be returned to the Federal government.
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JAMES GORDILLO from INDIANA said:
I bring an interesting perspective to this as someone who grew up in Illinois and often drives I-71 north of Columbus to visit in-laws. All I can think of in the mess of cars headed north of OSU during the holidays is how much I'd like to take half of those students and put them on a train home. Students from upstate in Illinois have a great deal in the Illini and City of NO trains that service the UofI, Eastern and Southern Illinois universities. They pack the trains. given that, I understand Kacich's reluctance to spend the money on developing the corridor at this time. If it's going to be done, it should be done right. That means high speeds. And I agree now is not the time to spend that kind of tax dollars. Imagine, on a personal level, being broke or heavily in debt. Yeah, having a brand new computer or car sure would be nice, but would that really be the time to do it? Get the house in order, then invest. Please. This shoulda been done years ago and commuter rail makes a ton of sense in high traffic density areas such as Ohio.
JOHN A MEDERT from OHIO said:
Governor Strickland has told Kasic He wont cancel the 3C environmental study as it will be useful to future enlightened Ohio officials. The President through Secretary La Hood has told Kasic the money must be used for passenger rail and not for highways and or reduction of the national debt.As a former Congressman ,Kasic should know this.Unless pro rail republicans who helped promote this project have the courage to come forward Ohio will give up badly needed new jobs and low cost rail transportation options. John Medert Columbus Ohio
GEORGE E VAN ZANDT from LOUISIANA said:
Bully for John Kisich...To many strings attached to the rail money...
GEORGE E VAN ZANDT from LOUISIANA said:
Bully for John Kisich...To many strings attached to the rail money...
BILL KEEZER from OHIO said:
As a railfan, I would love to see highspeed rail. As an overtaxed, fed-up citizen, I'm glad to see some things be cut from the budget. Of course, we could remove a lot of social services and have the money to pay for rail travel. It's always about choices. Despite what we were brought up on, we can't have it all.
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