Portune pushes for passenger rail by 2015 MLB All-Star game

Oasis line would connect Milford to Cincinnati

CINCINNATI - Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune on Monday introduced a resolution to make passenger rail service a reality in Cincinnati by the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

"We have an extraordinary opportunity to extend the dynamic transformation that is already happening along our riverfront by bringing passenger rail service – and all of the economic and community benefits that come with it – to Greater Cincinnati," Portune said in a news release.  "This resolution today is a clear and formal indication that this board will do everything in its power to make rail service a reality within the next two years."

The Hamilton County Transportation Improvement District approved Portune's resolution unanimously. Information wasn't immediately available about how much the project would cost.

The Oasis Rail Transit line is planned to be the first leg of a new regional rail system being planned for the region. It's designed to move residents between Cincinnati and the city of Milford and the communities that lie in between. The corridor stretches 17 miles and would travel along a combination of new and existing tracks.

The overall regional rail plan would connect communities in Hamilton, Clermont, Butler and Warren counties in Ohio as well as parts of Northern Kentucky and southeast Indiana.

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