Dublin to study feasibility of passenger rail station, nearby development
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.