Technical Reports

Northern Indiana/Northwestern Ohio Routing Study

  • 01
  • Nov
  • 2002
AUTHOR: Transporation Economics & Management Systems
ABSTRACT: Intercity passenger rail service through Northern Indiana and Ohio plays an important role in the Midwest Regional Rail Initiative (MWRRI). The MWRRI is an on-going effort involving nin Midewest states, Amtrak, an dthe Federal Railraod Administration to investigate and develop an improved and expanded passenger rail network in the Midwest. This study's goal is to determine, at a conceptual level, the financial and economic feasibility of alternative alignment sin the Chicago-Cleveland corridor and to provided a recommended alternative for further analysis. The Chicago-Cleveland corridor serves as an integral part of the overall MWRRI network and Indianan and Ohio's intercity passenger rail system and two possible alignments are outlined in this report: a "Northern" route and a "Southern" route. This cost-benefit study is being carried out prior to any negotiations with the freight railroads or the identification of specific funding sources. These issues will need to be addressed as part of any EIS Alternatives Analysis that will be needed should the states pursue the implementation of the project.