County Leaders to Contribute to Passenger Train Study

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): The push for high-speed train service is getting support from Allen County leaders.

Allen County commissioners agreed to contribute $50,000 toward an early step in the process – an environmental study.

According to the Journal-Gazette, commissioners stopped short of making it official until they determine the source of the money. Another allocation, this one worth $200,000, could be coming soon from the City of Fort Wayne

The $2 million dollar environmental study reviews the impact of the line from Chicago to Columbus, Ohio. Indiana supporters have to come up with $1 million of the price tag. Cities along the route will be asked to contribute.

Planners say the service would connect passengers to trains that could travel from Fort Wayne to Chicago or Columbus in two hours.

The overall project is expected to cost $1.2 billion dollars with 80 percent of it funded by the federal government.

It could be completed as earlier as 2020.