Nine Mayors Sign Rail Study Agreement

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO):  Another push to get a passenger rail to travel through Fort Wayne is moving forward.

Nine mayors across Indiana and Ohio, including Fort Wayne Tom Henry signed a memorandum of agreement calling for development of a Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus passenger rail corridor.

“This is a big step forward in the effort to bring passenger rail back to our community,” said Mayor Henry. “The Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus corridor will be good for citizens throughout northern Indiana and central Ohio. It will increase transportation alternatives and help boost economic development and tourism.”

The memorandum resolves that the cities will work together to secure funding for a federally required Environmental Impact Study. This would examine engineering, technical analysis and servicing planning to locate the best places for rail lines.

The 300-mile-long passenger rail corridor would operate up to 12 trains daily, each direction, along the route. Express services would link downtown Chicago to Columbus in less than four hours.

Read a copy of the memorandum by clicking here.