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Dublin to study feasibility of passenger rail station, nearby development

A member of the station staff pushes a portable wheelchair lift along the platform at an Amtrak station in DeLand, Fla.
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An Amtrak train pulls out of Chicago's coach yard and maintenance facility.

Dublin officials are studying whether a parcel of land on Houchard Road on the city's western outskirts may be a suitable location for a passenger rail station on a route connecting the Columbus metro area to Chicago.

The Midwest Connect rail corridor proposal is one of several passenger rail routes being considered for Ohio, including another traversing the 3 C's, Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland.

Dublin wants to study whether a 100-acre parcel of city-owned land may be the best opportunity to have one of the route's stations placed in the city. The land is currently on the Conrail freight rail tracks, which could feasibly be updated to carry passenger rail trains.

Dublin leaders are considering multiple options for the land, including a surrounding development that could include parking, mixed-use structures with commercial businesses and housing and parking areas.

The city is seeking feedback from its residents on the plans as the Federal Railroad Administration considers offering funding to governments for one of the several potential routes crossing Ohio.

George Shillcock is a reporter for 89.7 NPR News. He joined the WOSU newsroom in April 2023 following three years as a reporter in Iowa with the USA Today Network.