Local rail corridor topic of event

YOUNGSTOWN – The future of passenger and freight rail service along the 150-mile Cleveland-Akron-Youngstown-Pittsburgh corridor will be the topic of discussion during a May 31 summit at Youngstown State University.

The daylong summit planned for the Conference Center in the Williamson College of Business Administration is being organized by All Aboard Ohio, a grassroots group advocating better transportation choices, including rail.

”All Aboard Ohio meetings, outreach, publicity and development activities are guided by our dedicated staff, which is overseen by a volunteer board of 15 directors,” the organization said in a news release. ”They are experts in transportation, urban issues, public policy and grassroots organizing.”

Information released by the organization argues that crossing state lines with a potential rail project becomes complicated because there is no transportation or economic development entity with jurisdiction to administer such a project. All Aboard Ohio believes, however, such a project could increase real estate value and create business activity.

Northeast Ohio and Southwestern Pennsylvania are joined by a unique blend of culture and commerce, and more than 6 million residents make their homes in the corridor, with about 14,000 commuting at least 40 miles to work or school every day, according to information released by All Aboard Ohio.

The summit will include speakers from the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium, the Association of Independent Passenger Rail Operators, All Aboard Ohio and others.

For more information or to register for the summit, go to allaboardohio.org. There is a registration fee, which includes membership in All Aboard Ohio.