(FORT WAYNE) - Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and the mayors of eight other cities announced on Wednesday they will sign a memorandum of agreement which calls for cooperation in the development of a Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus passenger rail corridor.
The corridor would include Fort Wayne, Warsaw, Plymouth, Valparaiso and Gary. The agreement calls for all parties to work together on getting funds for a federally mandated Environmental Impact Study which would take 18 months to complete.
Henry says the agreement is a big step forward in the effort to bring passenger rail back to the Fort Wayne community. A rail corridor feasibility study concluded that about 2.1 million riders would use the Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus route in 2020 with that number growing to more than three million in 2040.