News: Ohio passenger rail needs your help

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Passenger rail was looking up, but many fear that all funding for it will be stripped from H.B. 2, a crucial Ohio transportation bill, when it heads to the Senate. Sounds like the GOP-controlled branch of our legislature doesn't like funding rail one bit. (It's fine with paying for roads, though.)

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If you support passenger rail in Ohio -- including the 3C corridor from Cleveland to Cincinnati -- I included a sample letter to state Sen Tom Patton, chair of the Ohio Senate Transportation Committee, after the jump...

I support funding for the development of railroads in Ohio, including passenger rail improvements in the 3-C Corridor and across the northern part of the state. Both will also benefit rail freight service with passing sidings, extra main tracks, Quiet Zones, and interactive Positive Train Control signaling to meet federal safety requirements five years early.

Ohio will have one of the safest, most modern rail systems in the nation to benefit our economy, our travelers, our freight shippers and our environment. Your leadership is needed to tap available federal funding now or else Ohio will have to use precious state funding later for these needed improvements. I will remember your vote the next time I vote.

Thank you for taking the time to contact Senator Patton!

Kenneth Prendergast Executive Director All Aboard Ohio!

If writing isn't your thing, you can contact Sen. Patton at 614-466-8056 or by email.