Fort Wayne group pushes renewed passenger rail


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) -- Allen County officials have agreed to chip in on a study that could lead to renewed passenger train service from Fort Wayne to Chicago.

The Journal Gazette reports ( ) that county commissioners voted unanimously Friday to contribute $20,000 toward the study, which would focus on the viability and economic benefits of the proposed service.

Fort Wayne and the Community Foundation of Fort Wayne have already pledged money to the $80,000 study that is being pushed by the Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association. The group also wants to study the possibility of rail service between Fort Wayne and the Ohio cities of Columbus and Toledo.

Once completed, the studies would be presented to Amtrak.

Association member Rich Davis says restoring service to Chicago could cost $145 million to $725 million.


Information from: The News-Sentinel,