Passenger rail progressing

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Passenger rail progressing

Mount Vernon News – MOUNT VERNON — Passenger rail service in Ohio moved one step closer to being a reality with the announcement that Ohio has been awarded $400 million for a line that would connect Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.

Speaking in a conference call with reporters, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said “this is perhaps the most important announcement since President Obama took office.

“This will demonstrate that we can overcome the economic difficulties that we face,” said Brown. “We have left our children and grandchildren with an infrastructure deficit. Improving infrastructure we know creates jobs … helps American paychecks go further.”

Brown said the rail line will create jobs for construction workers, engineers and factory workers who will produce the rail cars.

“We expect more rail cars to be produced in Ohio, which is the kind of manufacturing jobs we want,” he said.

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