Friday, February 27, 2009

Ohio Proposed Budget Includes Developing Passenger Rail Between 4-5 Cities

[Hat tip Transportation for America]

As part of a two-year, $7.5 billion proposed budget, Ohio plans to continue developing passenger rail service connecting four cities Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati - and possibly including a link to Toledo. Rail advocacy group All Aboard Ohio supports the so-called "3-C" plan and describes it here.

In a related effort, All Aboard Ohio asks Ohioans to call their state legislators TODAY to ask that the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) be given the authority to back up any possible federal stimulus dollar shortfalls with state funding.

(Note that the stimulus provides 100% Federal funding, but All Aboard Ohio encourages calling for the expanded authority because

"there is always a chance Ohio will not be able to get all the federal funding it wants. It needs the back-up ability of state funding. Yet there will likely never be another time when the terms will be so favorable to Ohio.")

Make the call or write your state representative and your state senator today.