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New proposed passenger rail service linking Dayton to Ohio’s largest cities could pump millions of dollars into the regional economy each year and serve hundreds of thousands of riders across the state, according to estimates from a study that was shared with community members and local officials on Thursday.


But the vision for an intercity route that serves the Gem City and Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati remains a long way from happening and making it a reality will require a lot of work, planning, research and advocacy.


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No, Ohio State football fans won’t be taking the train to Columbus this September. Not next September either, or the one after that.


Maybe by September 2030, says William Murdock, executive director of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, the Columbus agency that has been pushing hard for passenger rail service in Ohio for years.


Ohio was a big winner last month when the Federal Railroad Administration announced the first 69 grant recipients in a new program that is designed to expand passenger rail service throughout the United States.


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Earlier this month, All Aboard Ohio released an economic impact study of the expansion of passenger rail service between Ohio’s four largest metro areas that will contribute $106 million to $107 million to gross state product, according to a news release.


After the initial investment, the corridor will continue to contribute $25 million to $47 million to gross state product per year from the economic impact of ridership, the release said.


The publication comes on the heels of the Federal Railroad Administration announcement of the award of four planning grants to advance the revival and expansion of intercity passenger rail service in Ohio, according to the release.


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