Kasich vows to end passenger rail service in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The man who will take Ohio Gov. TedStrickland's job in January is asking him to immediately cancel allpassenger rail contracts to save taxpayer money.

Republican John Kasich sent letters Monday to both Stricklandand President Barack Obama telling them he doesn't plan to supportdeveloping a passenger line connecting Cincinnati, Columbus andCleveland. He asked Strickland to sever all current contracts.

Kasich asked Obama for the ability to use the state's $400million rail allocation for other things. He said if that's notpossible, the federal government should keep the money to helpreduce the federal deficit.

Strickland's office says research on the project has many usesand the governor has no plans to stop the work.