All Aboard!? – Bob Harris Could Get Answers On Passenger Rail
Word is Senate President Bill Harris is meeting with Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jolene Molitoris presumably about the Republican leader’s questions on restoring passenger rail service in Ohio.
As you know, the feds have offered $400 million to Ohio to re-start passenger rail service linking Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland. Supporters argue it will create jobs, attract young professionals and eventually lead to high speed rail. Opponents argue the estimated $17 million yearly state subsidy is too much, the trains will travel too slowly and the proposed schedule is inconvenient.
Harris posed some very good questions. We’ll soon learn if ODOT has some good answers – good enough to win over a skeptical panel of state lawmakers that will have to OK the plan.
- Mike Thompson