Workshop on Proposed 3C “Quick Start” Routes and Stations
Riding the Rails competes with Highway Drive Times
along Ohio’s 3C Corridor
COLUMBUS (Wednesday, August 19, 2009) - While the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) continue to advance the 3C “Quick Start” Passenger Rail Plan, early estimates by the state’s top passenger rail engineers show that the travel time by rail can be competitive with highway driving times between Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati.
Ohio’s 3C “Quick Start” Passenger Rail Plan will connect those cities as part of President Barack Obama’s nationally-prioritized Chicago Hub Network. With funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Ohio’s 3C “Quick Start” plan would have initial conventional-speed service running by 2011 using the safest, most efficient and cost-effective route.
ODOT and ORDC are currently working with Amtrak and the state’s freight railroads to complete updated studies on routing and ridership. Public input is also helping to identify the most viable routes for the 79-mph 3C “Quick Start” service.
Based on early projections and analysis of travel times on potential routes, it’s estimated that a trip on the 3C “Quick Start” service from downtown Cleveland to downtown Columbus would take approximately 3 hours. That competes with the expected time for highway travel of about two-and-a-half hours along the 145-mile route.
For a trip from downtown Cincinnati to downtown Columbus (through downtown Dayton), a ride on the 3C “Quick Start” service is projected to take approximately 3 hours. That competes with a highway travel time of about 2 hours, 20 minutes - along the 130-mile route.
“What makes the time on the train competitive is how you can use it,” said ORDC Executive Director Matthew Deitrich. “The business traveler can be on the phone or connected to a laptop the minute he or she gets on the train. Travel time no longer has to be down time.”
Questions about travel time are likely to be a part of the public discussion this Thursday, when ORDC and ODOT host the second in a series of workshops for the 3C “Quick Start” Passenger Rail Plan. Public feedback at this workshop will guide the identification and selection of a preferred route and stations.
This second workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday, August 20th at the Fawcett Conference Center, 2400 Olentangy River Rd. (off State Route 315) in Columbus. A third workshop will be held September 15th in Columbus to discuss the preferred corridor, stations and next steps.
Public meetings will also be held in Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati during the week of September 15th.
ORDC and ODOT must submit its 3C “Quick Start” ARRA application to the Federal Railroad Administration by October 2nd.
The latest information on Ohio’s 3C “Quick Start” Passenger Rail Plan can be found online at 3CisME.ohio.gov.
For more information, contact Scott Varner, ODOT Central Office Communications, at (614) 644-8640
or Stu Nicholson, Ohio Rail Development Commission, at (614) 644-0513.
Additional information can be found at http://3CisME.ohio.gov
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