Those in favor of passenger rail and those opposed are gearing up for a vote Monday by the state Controlling Board.
Despite uncertainty in the state legislature, supporters of passenger train service between Cleveland and Cincinnati via Columbus continue to make their case. A major stumbling block is forging agreements with freight lines to share their rails.
Saying he has concerns about whether Ohio can afford passenger rail, Senate President Bill Harris has requested additional information on the proposed 3-C rail project to connect Cleveland, Columbus & Cincinnati.
Transportation officials say they’ll look for various ways to pay for a new passenger train system without increasing the tax burden for Ohioans.
President Obama’s transportation secretary was in Columbus Tuesday where he toured a bus facility recently renovated with the help of federal stimulus dollars. But during a press conference afterward, the talk quickly turned to what backers say is a need for passenger rail service.
Democratic lawmakers are seeking federal funds to rev up a passenger train project in Ohio, but Republican legislators want to know more about the cost.