For nationwide and regional rail travel, improving the Ohio rail system is essential. The Ohio Hub project would have integrated Ohio into the national passenger rail network and increased the efficiency of rail travel for surrounding states.
While the economic benefits of improved rail services is clear, federal funds have been repeatedly rejected by Governor John Kasich. For progress to be made on any project, funding must be found and accepted. To reject this funding is to hamstring economic growth and prevent improving links between Chicago and the East Coast and links within Ohio.
In the future, the Midwest needs high-speed rail in Ohio so that it can integrate the Midwestern high-speed rail network with the East Coast.