Fort Wayne Moves

Passenger Rail’s Return Pushed

Backers hope $80,000 study gives idea new traction in city

Local supporters of bringing passenger rail back to the Summit City hope an $80,000 study – financed partly by local governments – will help persuade the federal government to invest millions in the area.

Geoff Paddock and Fred Lanahan, members of the Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association, announced Thursday they will pay Transportation Economics and Management Systems for the work.

The Frederick, Md., company has experience showing the benefits of passenger rail transportation, according to the local group.

Half the money for the study will come from income tax revenue from Fort Wayne and Allen County. The rest came from grants from community groups and Lima, Ohio.

The study will highlight jobs created from construction of new rail lines and investigate possible partnerships to operate successful passenger routes.

Indiana, Ohio and Illinois previously sought money for…

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