Rail line costs and impact

A report released Friday by a Maryland consulting firm estimates a rail line from Chicago to Columbus, Ohio could create more than 26,000 full-time jobs and generate $700-million of additional household income each year across the 11-city corridor. Former Govenor Mitch Daniels requested the study to estimate the system‘s cost and potential economic impact. The estimated cost is $1.6 billion and includes stops in Fort Wayne and Warsaw. If this study and further follow up studies are accepted, construction could begin in 2016 or 2017.