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File #: 0048X-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ceremonial Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 3/24/2021 In control: Hardin
On agenda: 3/29/2021 Final action: 4/1/2021
Title: To Express Support for the Expansion of Passenger Rail Services in Ohio and Extension of New Passenger Rail Services via Columbus and to Encourage Congressional Action to Authorize and Appropriate Funds for the Expansion
Sponsors: Elizabeth Brown, Mitchell Brown, Rob Dorans, Shayla Favor, Emmanuel V. Remy, Priscilla Tyson, Shannon G. Hardin
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To Express Support for the Expansion of Passenger Rail Services in Ohio and Extension of New Passenger Rail Services via Columbus and to Encourage Congressional Action to Authorize and Appropriate Funds for the Expansion

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WHEREAS, Ohio sees only 32 passenger trains per week and has far fewer intercity passenger rail services than any of its neighboring states except Kentucky; and

WHEREAS, Columbus is the nation’s most populous city without any fixed rail service and the second most populous city without Amtrak service; and

WHEREAS, Ohio, the seventh most populous state, has the 27th highest Amtrak ridership state and has the lowest ratio of Amtrak riders per resident of the top 10 most populous states; and

WHEREAS, among the top-10 most populous states near Ohio, the number of Amtrak riders per 1,000 residents is 42 in Michigan, 186 in Illinois, 258 in Pennsylvania, and 322 in New York compared to just 6 Amtrak riders per 1,000 residents in Ohio; and

WHEREAS, Ohio is the most populous state without any ongoing passenger rail development or operating program as it has no funds budgeted for passenger rail development in the currently proposed Ohio Department of Transportation biennial budget, making it the sixth such biennial budget in a row with no funding for passenger rail planning, development, or operations; and

WHEREAS, Columbus, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, and other public and private partners continue to advance the Rapid Speed Transportation Initiative, which is evaluating and planning for new intercity passenger rail and hyperloop connections to Chicago, Lima, and Pittsburgh and demonstrates the benefits, market, and viability of such intercity connections to other Ohio cities and regions as well as the Midwest megaregion; and

WHEREAS, Columbus had passenger rail service to Chicago and Pittsburgh until 1979 when service was terminated, and the restoration of the Chicago-Columbus-Pittsburgh passenger rail route would conne...

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