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Ohio's Senators Unanimously Support Super-Speed Links to Chicago and Pittsburgh

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Ohio senators have passed a resolution unanimously supporting the effort to bring a super-high speed transportation system to connect Columbus with Pittsburgh on the east and Chicago on the west. 

The route connecting the three cities is one of 10 finalists in a world-wide competition. Ir would allow Ohioans to go from Columbus to Chicago in a half hour or to Pittsburgh in less than 20 minutes. But Republican Sen. Kevin Bacon, one of the bill’s sponsors, says the legislation doesn’t come with a promise of money if the project is selected.

“We’re not allocating state dollars to the project. Whether or not they seek public funding for the project in the future, I don’t know.”

There are a lot of questions about how much the hyperloop would cost, the design and safety features of it and whether it would actually deliver on the fast speeds promoted.

The resolution has no force of law, and sponsors say was meant to send a message that Ohio is willing to work to get it developed. A few years ago, Ohio turned away federal money for a passenger rail line to connect Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland.