From the Dayton Daily News
Job creation has become a key argument for rail advocates, including Ohio Secretary of Transportation Jolene Molitoris, who got their chance Monday, July 12, at the Dayton Rotary Club to rebut an earlier presentation by state Sen. Jon Husted.
Husted, R-Kettering, and many other Republicans in the Ohio legislature say the proposed 250-mile 3C Corridor Passenger Rail Service from Cincinnati to Cleveland will be too slow and too little used to justify its taxpayer price tag of $400 million in federal stimulus funds and another $17 million in annual state operating subsidies. The plan includes stops in Dayton, Riverside and Springfield.
But Molitoris told the 300 or so Rotary luncheon attendees that “jobs (are) what this project is all about. That’s why it’s so important to take that $400 million we competed for (in federal stimulus funds) and have you help us invest it in a way to get the biggest (economic) benefit.”