Study: Cost Of New Trains Drives Up Ohio Rail Plan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Amtrak says an inventory shortage means that Ohio would need to buy new trains for its planned rail service, and that will challenge the state's 2011 startup date.

Amtrak said in a study released last week that about $175 million in new equipment is needed for trains connecting Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati.

The agency says train sets, from design to assembly, can take several years to deliver.

Ken Prendergast, executive director of all aboard Ohio, a rail advocacy group, says 2011 may be pushing it.

Ohio transportation officials say they are sticking with that timeframe.

The Amtrak study gave Ohio key data it needs to meet an Oct. 2 deadline to apply for federal stimulus money that President Barack Obama has set aside for rail projects.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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