Cleveland (Canton-Akron-Cleveland Commuter Rail)

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Canton-Akron-Cleveland (CAC) Commuter Rail

Cleveland, Ohio

(November 1996)

Description This proposal is exploring the feasibility of establishing commuter rail service which would link Akron with Canton and Cleveland.

Status Planning is being undertaken jointly by the transit operators and MPOs in Akron, Canton and Cleveland. In anticipation of future transportation needs in the CAC corridor, Akron Metro Regional Transit Authority (METRO) has acquired several parcels of abandoned railroad right of way in the region. In FY 1994, $992,000 was appropriated for right of way acquisition. This appropriation was combined with $1.0 million in Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds transferred under the Title I provisions of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 for the purchase of the Sandyville Local Rail Line between Akron and Canton. The FY 1996 and FY 1997 appropriations included $4.2 million and $3.5 million, respectively, for this commuter rail project. Funds from the FY 1996 appropriation will be used to finance the rehabilitation and signalization upgrade of rail line purchases.