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Rail service group to unveil results of feasibility study at Friday fundraiser

Monday, June 24, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Ever so quietly, the Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association continues to push forward with the goal of securing railroad transit to Fort Wayne, and an event Friday will update interested participants with the results of a feasibility study it had conducted and also serve as a fundraiser for the nonprofit group.

The event, called "TrainsForming America" -- note the spelling -- will feature a screening of a film by the same name, as well as a question-and-answer session with the creator and director of the film, Rebecca Sansom. It will be held at the University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center, 411 W. Berry St., with a welcome reception starting at 5:45 p.m. and the event starting at 6:30.

NIPRA board member Geoff Paddock said Monday morning that results of an $80,000 feasibility study commissioned last fall by the nonprofit will be released during the event. That study is just as it sounds: It was meant to explain the potential benefits of rail service, including economic impact upon the region as well as potential impact as a job creator.

On Monday, Paddock showed a map that highlighted a potential rail corridor from Chicago to Columbus, Ohio, with Fort Wayne squarely in the middle. Paddock said that Friday's event would also feature an explanation about what modern rail service is like, with passenger cars and other amenities discussed.

He was understandably reluctant to put a timetable on something that is clearly in the formative stages, but explained that a timeline, should all stars align, that Fort Wayne could potentially see that type of corridor be created and operable by 2020.

Tickets to Friday's event are $10 for adults, $5 for children.

For more on this story, see Tuesday's edition of The News-Sentinel.