Senate considering money to study Ohio passenger rail

D.C. dispatches

Columbus Dispatch

It doesn't guarantee there will be passenger rail service linking Columbus to Cleveland and other Ohio and Midwest cities anytime soon, but there is $500,000 worth of federal money in the pipeline to study the environmental impact of the so-called Ohio Hub plan.

Sen. Sherrod Brown said last week that the money was included in a Senate transportation spending bill for 2009 passed last week by the Senate Appropriations Committee. In addition to studying Ohio rail- service plans, the study would look at the breadth of a potential 1,200-mile interstate rail network that would connect Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and parts of Canada, according to Brown's office.

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