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Amtrak's 50th Anniversary And Future In Ohio

An Amtrak train pulls out of Chicago's coach yard and maintenance facility.
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An Amtrak train pulls out of Chicago's coach yard and maintenance facility.

President Joe Biden has signed the $1.2 trillion dollar infrastructure bill into law. The plan will place $550 billion in new money into transportation, broadband and utilities.

This is especially good news for Amtrak receiving more money than it has in its 50-year history.

Half the money in the infrastructure bill alloted to Amtrak would go to building out intercity passenger rail where it doesn’t exist. Some of that money could be spent right here in the Buckeye State.

Columbus is the second-largest U.S. city without intercity rail. However, passenger rail service, connecting Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati, could be returning.

Coming up, we’ll mark the 50th anniversary of Amtrak and plans to return rail travel between Ohio’s major cities.

Guests:

  • Marc Magliari, Amtrak spokesperson
  • Frank Jackson, mayor of Cleveland
  • Jeffrey Darbee, historic preservation consultant
  • Stu Nicholson, executive director of All Aboard Ohio

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