A new travel option for your next trip from Columbus to Chicago. The largest city not to have passenger rail. but plenty of freight trains. A plan to replace some of these freight cars with passenger service is slowly picking up steam.
Now the city says there will need to be an environment study done to determine where the tracks would go here in Ohio. Ultimately the Federal Railroad Administration will determine if the project will get the green light.
Vince Papsidero with the City of Columbus says according to a report released by the Northeast Indiana Rail Association, the proposed train would reach speeds of 110 miles per hour - putting you in Chicago in about four hours.
The City of Columbus says it wouldn't have to necessarily build all new tracks for the passenger service. That's because just on the other side of the Convention Center tracks already exist.
The proposal according to the City of Columbus is part of an effort to connect central Ohio to a midwestern network of passenger train service.
The city says the a price tag is estimated to be in the billions, but Ohio would only foot part of the bill. Geoff Paddock of Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association says the line is expected to be profitable as the project could be privately funded.