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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- HNTB, a consultant firm hired to complete an analysis required under federal law in order for the rail project to receive federal funding, developed a Purpose and Need Statement, created a Public Involvement Plan, performed an analysis of the route options, and performed preliminary engineering to develop high-level cost estimates.
The work is being done in several phases and the phase discussed Wednesday focused on the corridor between Lima, OH and Gary, IN of the proposed Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus passenger rail route.
By performing this preliminary work, the Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus Passenger Rail Corridor will be in position to compete for the limited federal and state dollars available for passenger rail development.
The proposed Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus corridor would provide high-quality passenger rail connections to 100 Midwest cities through a regional rail network that offers safe, comfortable and reliable service with amenities such as Wi-Fi and food service.
Initial plans are for trains to travel at a maximum speed of approximately 79 miles per hour and eventually travel at 110 miles per hour.
In many communities along the route, scheduled stops would take place at existing historic train stations, such as the Baker Street Train Station, 221 W. Baker St.
More information about the Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus passenger rail, go to at www.niprarail.org.