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The Ohio Hub is a high-speed railway project maintained by the Ohio Department of Transportationmarker that is aimed at revitalizing passenger rail service in the Ohio region. Upon completion, the transit system will be composed of of track serving 32 stations. It will connect four states along with southern Ontariomarker, consisting of 11 major metropolitan areas and 22 million people. The system's goal is to "expand the capacity of the transportation system by improving the railroads for both freight and passenger trains."

Passenger transit

The initial startup cost is currently projected to be in the $500 million range. This does not include the cost of trains or the preparations needed for high-speed service. Currently, two high-speed train systems are being explored. The first, a system, is expected to cost $2.7 billion, or $3.5 million per mile. The second option, a high-speed system is estimated to cost $3.32 billion, or $4.5 million per mile.

Currently proposed service

The project's hub will be based in Clevelandmarker, and will provide service to adjacent cities in both the state of Ohio and the Ohio Region. Three proposals have been made for service – a single line system from Cleveland to Cincinnatimarker, and two networked systems with multiple corridors providing service from Cleveland to various cities around the Ohio Region. Each corridor will branch out from Cleveland, and serve from four to nine stations, as well as connections to other regional rail services. Additional lines have been proposed to connect the currently planned corridors with each other throughout the state, as well as to add more stations between major cities.

3-C Corridor

The 3-C Corridor will provide service from Cleveland to Columbusmarker, Daytonmarker, and Cincinnatimarker. The line will provide connections to the proposed Midwest Regional Rail, however will not connect with any rail services to Pennsylvania, New York, or Canada. The 3-C Corridor is now part of the proposed southwestern corridor of the Ohio & Lake Erie Regional Rail.

Ohio & Lake Erie Regional Rail

The Ohio & Lake Erie Regional Rail will provide service to seven states plus Canada through four corridors originating in Clevelandmarker. An additional network has been proposed with three additional lines (seven lines total), however is still under development. The current proposal features the following four corridors:

Current status

Currently, the Ohio Hub Rail System is in the research and development phase. Meetings are held by the Ohio Rail Development Commission at regular intervals in order to discuss current progress and receive community input. The Commission is hoping that 2007 will bring a Tier 1 Programmatic Environmental Impact Study (NEPA) as well as a Record of Decision, which will allow the state of Ohio to begin reserving funds for the project.

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