MOUNT VERNON — Passenger rail service in Ohio moved one step closer to being a reality with the announcement that Ohio has been awarded $400 million for a line that would connect Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.



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8 Responses to “Passenger rail progressing”

  1. Paul

    This is not high speed rail – it is a train that will average 40mph on a trip. Let’s quit talking about using 40 year old technology at the tune of $400 mil plus $17 mil/year in subsidies, for something that was made obsolete 40 years ago.

  2. John Nist

    Oh Jacob please ! If you honestly still beleive that there is a fundemental diference between the two parties then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Carol Quigly’s “Tragedy and Hope” Its available from

  3. Jacob

    John–what? High speed rail won’t work on the ground? Protect the crossings with signals and gates, or separate the crossings with overpasses and underpasses–you know, like we’ve been doing for freight rail for a century–and we should be fine. The occasional nimrod will try to venture across the tracks to beat the train and cause an accident, but it is impossible to project against all accidents.

    You know, it seems to work in Europe and Asia …

  4. BrakesNJakes

    Diesel-fueled passenger cars from Cleveland/Columbus/Cincinnati. Eco-friendly? I think not. If this system goes into existence, then I hope people will stop attacking the truck drivers about pollution from the big rigs. WE are a necessity, if you want food, clothing, medicine, gasoline, etc. THIS would be a “convenience.” Not saying it wouldn’t be feasible, but if it’s going to be diesel-fueled, then there will obviously be more pollution involved. Just sayin’…

  5. Subprime Joe

    One huge & seldom mentioned cause of our current economic crisis(once called the “subprime crisis”)is public ignorance of interest rates & mortgage contracts. A little economics,basic stuff,taught in schools would go a long way toward stabilizing this economy–and the WORLD economy.And more adherence to the 10 commandments might have mitigated the horrors & greed foisted upon us by Harvard type MBA’s & lawyers—recently called the “educated classes”. But the left-democrat educationsl system can’t seem to handle it–or anything else.

  6. John C. Davidson

    The only way High-speed rail service will wok is to be either elevated or under ground. How in the world can it be at ground level without increasing the risk of vehicular accidents.

    Jacob, the advent of the increased use of automobiles led to the demise of rail passenger service.
    Your statement is just political nonsense.

  7. Jacob

    The “can’t-do” attitude of Republicans like Patton and Husted is absolutely appalling. I’d bet that, if these guys were around when Eisenhower was proposing the Interstate highway system, they’d groan and whine about how expensive it was. Republican naysayers make me sick.

    This is an excellent project for Ohio and is long overdue. I’d be surprised if nobody noticed that Ohio is in the economic toilet. One of the many reasons for this state of affairs is that Ohio has had backward-looking leadership–people like Patton and Husted, and Bob Taft before them–who absolutely refused to invest in this state, its people, and its future. What does Ohio have to offer? Decaying towns and a you’re-on-your-own attitude that precludes smart initiatives like public transportation. That discourages people and businesses from moving here and encourages existing people and businesses to decamp for more pleasant surroundings.

    When people like Patton and Husted, along with gubernatorial-wannabe John Kasich, whine that a $400 million INVESTMENT in this state’s future and connectivity is beyond the pale, I wonder what they would say about the $1.5 BILLION that will be dumped into ONE interchange, the I-70/71 split in Columbus. They are curiously silent on that matter, even though that interchange affects a much smaller portion of the state. And I wonder what these people, who decry “socialist” public transportation, think about our nation’s airports, which only exist thanks to public money.

    Transportation does not make money for businesses, nor should it be expected to. Good, well planned, and well maintained transportation is an economic necessity and public good, and I, for one, am thankful that at least SOME of our elected officials get it.