Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rail Connections

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rail Connections

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Groups working for good transportation choices in Ohio and Pennsylvania agree with the Post-Gazette ("For Cleveland Kinship," June 21 editorial) that Cleveland and Pittsburghhave much in common beyond our love of winning sports. It's a shared fate about jobs and development of our industrial and "eds and meds" economies - and those will depend on links created by better public transportation.

Passenger trains are the way to make that happen. In our 135-mile corridor live6.7 million people, more than in 37 states and comparable to densities of Europe's busiest corridors that enjoy fast, frequent passenger trains. That kind of passenger rail can serve not just the two big cities at either end but also many cities and towns in between, such as New Castle and Youngstown.

Sadly, Cleveland and Pittsburgh lack alternatives to driving - each day, only one Amtrak train, running late at night, and three daytime Greyhound buses. …

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