Mayors Come Together To Support Passenger Rail Corridor

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive

Credit: Brian Gillett - 21Alive

Mayor Tom Henry, D-Fort Wayne

August 6, 2014 Updated Aug 6, 2014 at 11:49 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, along with 8 other mayors, announced today that enter into an agreement to call for cooperation in developing a Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus passenger rail corridor.

Fort Wayne, Warsaw, Plymouth, Valparaiso and Gary will be involved in the Indiana section of the corridor and Columbus, Marysville, Kenton, and Lima will be involved in the Ohio portion. The agreement calls for parties "...to systematically and incrementally develop the higher speed rail (“HSR”) intercity system in cooperation with existing freight rail operators and owners of right‐of-­way along a corridor from Chicago to Columbus through northern Indiana hereafter known as the Northern Indiana/Ohio High Speed Rail Initiative."

If the passenger rail is to be built, it would be 300 miles long and operate 12 trains daily in each direction. Express services would link Chicago and Columbus in less than four hours.

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