Councilman Seeks Legacy Money for Rail Study

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Fort Wayne City Councilman Geoff Paddock is going to ask City Council to appropriate $200,000 of the Fort Wayne Community Legacy Fund, in an effort to bring back passenger rail services.

The resolution will be introduced at the next City Council meeting on Tuesday, November 12

The system would consist of ten trains running daily with stops in Fort Wayne and nine other cities. 

“The business plan has been completed and shows a great deal of promise. The next step along this process is to ask each of the cities that would be served to help fund a Tier I Environmental Impact Study,” Paddock said.  “Some $2 million needs to be raised among the ten cities in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.  Mayor Tom Henry and I are asking City Council to appropriate just 10% of that.  By completing a Tier I Study in 2014 and 2015, we can make this passenger rail route a priority for investment by the Federal Rail Administration,” Paddock said.

The resolution is scheduled to be discussed on November 19, and a preliminary vote may be taken that night.

A request of Legacy Funds requires approval of six City Council members and Mayor Henry.