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.
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