David Beach | 01/29/10 @ 1:04pm
State officials and sustainable transportation advocates cheered today's announcement of $400 million of federal funding for development of Ohio's "3C" passenger rail corridor linking Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati.
"With today's historic announcement by President Obama, Ohio takes a major step toward modernizing our state's transportation infrastructure," said Governor Ted Strickland. "The 3C Corridor will create economic development opportunities and serve as a model of environmental sustainability. Most importantly, it will put thousands of Ohioans to work over the next few years."
See more on the 3C passenger rail plan here.
While the current plan will offer modest service at first -- a handful of trains a day at speeds up to 79 miles per hour -- it will be a vital downpayment on a transportation alternative that will begin to rebalance the state's transportation system after decades of automobile-oriented development. Go here for more on how the funds might be spent from an analysis by All Aboard Ohio.