Terminating any kind of high speed transit at the airport would never make it off the drawing boards.
My putative HSR route was Pittsburgh - PIT Airport - Akron or Youngstown - Cleveland - CLE airport - Toledo - Ft. Wayne or South Bend - Chicago. Adding the two airports would provide a nice boost to ridership at little time cost, as EWR and BWI stops do in the NYC-WAS corridor. I never meant to suggest the airport as a terminus.
I agree with all posters that any rail route is a tough proposition, Lately though the state governments of PA, IN, and IL have supported rail and OH's new governor has a rail-friendly past; so it might not be as Sisyphean a task as before.
I guess Kasich is no longer the governor? Come to think of it, I do seem to remember him getting voted out. I remember when he took office, the first think he did was kill the Ohio rail hub proposal. Cleveland-Columbus-Cincinnati was to be the first corridor, with other corridors linking Cleveland with Detroit, Chicago, and Pittsburgh coming later.
If I’m not mistaken, Kasich was term limited and couldn’t run for a third term.
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