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Fort Wayne recommended for high-speed rail route

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- If a high-speed Amtrak passenger rail service project ever gets federal funding, Fort Wayne should be on its route, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation.

The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel reports that the IDOT, Amtrak and the Ohio Railroad Development Commission today released results of a year-long study examining alternative high-speed rail passenger routes across northern Indiana.

The results were summarized during a news conference at the Baker Street Station, where passengers once boarded trains bound for major Midwest cities. They favored a route through Fort Wayne over a route through South Bend, but suggested improvements for South Bend's passenger rail service to Chicago.

Because it will contribute to economic development, "northeast Indiana is going to benefit and our state's going to benefit," said Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richard.

The train could travel at a maximum speed of 120 mph, compared with a current maximum of 79 mph. And a trip between Fort Wayne and Chicago would take between 105 minutes and 115 minutes, depending on the number of stops.

Friday, November 22, 2002

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