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Train Day Toledo

Several thousand people came through the Toledo Amtrak station and the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza on May 2 and 3 to celebrate trains and train travel. Trackside, guests could see a range of locomotives and passenger cars, art and historical displays and enjoy kids’ rides. Upstairs were model train layouts, music, more vendor displays, food, and fun.

In the TMACOG Boardroom just off the Grand Lobby, attendees heard addresses from executives in the rail industry and government.

Karen Hedlund, Deputy Administrator Federal Railroad Administration, touted the Obama administration’s proposed four-year transportation bill, the “Grow America Act.” That act would for the first time include both rail and highway funding. It would invest $19 billion over four years to improve rail safety and invest in a national high-performance rail system.

Richard Harnish, Executive Director of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association, announced the kickoff of the Lakeshore Initiative, a major effort to increase the number of Amtrak trains from two round trips to five round trips per day on the Chicago-Toledo-New York corridor. In our region, the Northwest Ohio Passenger Rail Association is leading the local effort in partnership with area businesses and government organizations.

Ken Prendergast and Ron Sheck with All Aboard Ohio, and Fred Lanahan with the Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association, highlighted passenger rail projects in Ohio, the Midwest, and nationwide. When states and local communities partner with Amtrak to upgrade stations and rail service, great success has been achieved.

Some of the day’s speakers: from left, Richard Harnish,
executive director of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association;
Karen Hedlund, deputy administrator Federal Railroad Administration;
and Jim Sass, vice chair of the Ottawa County Commissioners
and chair of TMACOG.

Train Day Photo Galleries

Friday Night by the Tracks 5.2.2014

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