Columbus Looks Ahead to Light Rail

The Columbus Dispatch reported yesterday on plans by that city to renew plans for a light rail line that would run from Downtown north towards Delaware County, via Ohio State University and Clintonville. Democratic Mayor Michael B. Coleman, who has been mayor since 1999, has officially submitted his demand for $200 million in funds from the upcoming economic stimulus bill, suggesting that that money should go towards the cost of a $640 million infrastructure project: this long-proposed, 13-mile long light rail line.

Before we get into the specifics of the plan, there’s a basic problem: where do you get the other $440 million – or more – that would be needed to get this project off the ground? Not only did the city’s citizens reject an extra tax for light rail construction back in 1999, but the state of Ohio has little money to contribute of its own, considering the

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by Yonah Freemark

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