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The latest headlines and updates on passenger rails in Ohio

Stay up to speed on the possibility of passenger rails in Columbus and the rest of Ohio as state and local lawmakers take the first steps.

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Have you noticed the recent smog over Columbus? | Photo via Canva

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Passenger rails are fast ways to get around — but the process of building them for the first time is quite the opposite.

Headlines quickly circulated on the possibility of passenger rails, but the news has since slowed in its tracks. Looks like we’re taking the slow train, and that gives us plenty of time to recap anything you may have missed.

On track | December 2022

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission stated Columbus + beyond is “on track” for passenger rail services in the future. This group has been working on the “Midwest Connect” corridor, a rail that would link Columbus and Chicago, for several years.

First steps | February 2023

Gov. Mike DeWine announced the state is applying for $500,000 in funding to study a possible passenger rail in Ohio. Two corridors would be researched if approved: Cleveland-Columbus-Dayton-Cincinnati + Cleveland-Toledo-Detroit.

CBUStoday Midwest Connect corridor

This proposed corridor would also connect CBUS to Pittsburgh. | Rendering via State of Ohio Rail Plan

Moving forward | March 2023

A $12+ billion transportation budget was passed, and it included verbiage to ensure passenger rails could be built in the future. Specifically, “The Ohio rail development commission shall prepare a plan for the construction and operation of an intercity conventional or high speed passenger transportation system in this state.”

Linking up | March and September 2023

The idea of a rail connecting Columbus to Chicago brought many discussions to Dublin officials. Months later, it led to the hiring of a private consultant to research building a station on 100 acres of land.

Send us your questions on the passenger rail and we’ll dig deeper.