Ted Strickland’s “C3″ Slow-Train Gets Shorter
From the Akron Beacon Journal:
COLUMBUS: A plan seeking federal stimulus money to restore passenger train service among Ohio’s major cities leaves out Akron and a stop at the U.S. Air Force museum near Dayton, transportation officials said.
The state is racing to develop a plan and apply for stimulus money by an Oct. 2 deadline, said Stu Nicholson, spokesman for the Ohio Rail Development Commission, the agency in charge of submitting the application.
Some potential stops have been dropped from consideration to keep travel time on the 250-mile route connecting Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati to about six hours, which would be competitive with highway driving times along the same corridor, he said.
Incorporating Akron to the route would add about one hour and 30 minutes to the train’s travel time.
Both Akron and Riverside, which is next to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, could be added as startup operations expand, but for now, neither fits in, Nicholson said.
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