Feds mull high-speed rail line to Cleveland
The Federal Railroad Administration is considering whether to create a high-speed rail line between Pittsburgh and Cleveland after pleas from two state governors.
Gov. Ed Rendell and Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland both asked for the Pittsburgh-to-Cleveland corridor to become eligible for federal high-speed rail funding, allowing the cities to connect planned networks in the Midwest and East Coast.
Railroad administration spokesman Rob Kulat said the agency would study the proposal and make a recommendation within 45 days on whether to extend the "Keystone Corridor" west from Pittsburgh, where it could connect to the "Midwest Hub" network centered on Chicago.
The designation would come too late for any of the $8 billion in high-speed rail grants in the federal stimulus bill. Applications due earlier this month included a $750,000 request for Pennsylvania to study improving passenger service between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg.