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Report: Rail line could create 26,000 jobs

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A northeast Indiana group that supports a high-speed rail connection between Chicago and Columbus, Ohio, says a feasibility study shows the service with stops in Fort Wayne and Warsaw could create more than 26,000 full-time jobs.

The Journal Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/11QG6JP ) that the Maryland consulting firm Transportation Economics & Management Systems Inc. estimates that $700 million of additional household income would be generated each year across the 11-city corridor if the route, which is expected to cost $1.6 billion, is built.

The $80,000 feasibility study was paid for with money raised by the Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association. The proposed system would operate 12 trains each way per day

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Information from: The Journal Gazette, http://www.journalgazette.net

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