Being originally from the Youngstown, Ohio area (in the middle of the Rust Belt), this idea excites me.

The potential of high speed passenger trains becoming a reality in the Valley was discussed by U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, Mayor Jay Williams, Mayor Michael O’Brien of Warren and members of the Ohio Rail Commission during a press conference at 11 a.m. today.

The project is part of the Ohio Hub which has been in motion since 2000, said Matthew Dietrich, executive director of ORDC.

Five or six stops would be included in the rail service from Cleveland to Pittsburgh, including Youngstown and Warren. The high speed trains would travel at approximately 110 mph and could accommodate about 300 passengers, said Don Damron, ORDC passenger rail planning manager.

The novelty and immediate access to industrial cities like Youngstown would be a boon, I think, to this area.  This is a start to conquering the suburban sprawl that has risen over the past few decades as the cities have declined.

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