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Ohio wants $564M for Cleveland-Cincinnati rail

Ohio has asked Washington for $564 million to establish passenger rail service linking Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Ohio has asked Washington for $564 million to establish passenger rail service linking Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton.

The Ohio Department of Transportation and Ohio Rail Development Commission began the process Thursday of applying for the economic-stimulus money from Washington. The federal government plans to award $8 billion in grants for passenger rail projects.

The Ohio application says the state has a big untapped market for rail ridership. It says Ohio could rank 12th in generating passenger rail traffic.

The state says the passenger rail service could be ready by 2011 or 2012.