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All Aboard Ohio talks expansion across the state between Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton

A walk up to Amtrak's Cleveland station on any given day will likely lead you to a locked fence. The station is only open most days from midnight to 7:30 a.m. because of the stops that occur during the middle of the night.

"It’s sad," NOACA Executive Director & CEO Grace Gallucci said. "I love we have service so we should be grateful. But it’s really not acceptable to have it only in those nighttime hours. We have great ridership in the middle of the night. Could you imagine the ridership we could have in the daytime?"

The nonprofit agency NOACA, which stands for The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, hosted All Aboard Ohio Thursday to help highlight what an expansion of Amtrak options could look like across the state.

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An economic impact study on an Amtrak route that would serve Columbus estimates that the initial investment in the region would generate between $36 million and $48 million, with $22 million to $29 million in wages for local workers.

The study commissioned by the non-profit rail advocacy group All Aboard Ohio also found that ongoing ridership would generate $3.9 million to $7.2 million in new wages a year.

The study's findings were presented Wednesday at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission's headquarters in the Brewery District.

In December, the Federal Railroad Administration said Ohio is in line for Amtrak service expansion, with officials are looking at four corridors:

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A proposed passenger rail route connecting Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, and Cleveland, could mean big bucks for Cincinnati and beyond. That's the message from a group advocating for the creation of what's known as the 3C+D route.

The last time Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland were connected by rail was more than 55 years ago, despite Cincinnati and Cleveland being less than 250 miles apart.

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