From The Cincinnati Enquirer
The director of an East Coast passenger rail service explained the impact of a similar project on the Boston area to a crowd of about 50 during a Sharonville Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
About 50 people gathered in Sharonville to hear Patricia Quinn, director of the Downeaster rail service, which is similar to the proposed service in Ohio.
“We are providing a seamless transportation option,” Quinn said of the system that runs five daily round trips between Portland, Maine and Boston.
She emphasized the need for a collaboration of the rail system with other modes of transportation in the city.
Ohio was awarded $400 million in federal stimulus funding for the 3C Quick Start Passenger Rail Corridor.
The 250-mile route will connect Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Sharonville with daily train service for the first time in 40 years, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The two-year construction of a station and rail line adjustments are expected to create 255 jobs, with more opportunities when service is in place.
Work will begin in 2011 if the plan is adopted.