Oasis Rail

Some local community groups and leaders are pushing for the creation of a recreational bike trail that would go from Lunken Airport to Downtown Cincinnati, and connect to the existing regional trail network. But the proposed trail would follow an unused rail track on the Oasis line, alongside a track that still carries train traffic, and the company that moves that freight on that track is opposed to the trail. 

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You have a chance to weigh in Friday on a plan to turn railroad tracks between Lunken Airport and The Montgomery Inn Boathouse into a bike and walking trail.The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), one of several key players in the multi-million dollar Oasis Line project, will hold a listening session so the community can give its voice to the plan. SORTA spokeswoman Sallie Hilvers says the organization has already heard from other stakeholders.

Local, regional and federal transportation leaders are meeting Thursday to talk about the future of light rail in the Tri-state.

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune says the goal is to look at the region's opportunities and build momentum, "to present a vision of a regional rail plan as a part of a multi-modal transportation system and begin to generate some momentum and excitement about accomplishing that."

Portune says the all-day summit will be recorded and available online afterward. He expects a community survey on local transportation needs is also forthcoming.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is holding three meetings this week to provide updates on the development of Greater Cincinnati's first commuter rail line.  ODOT will also be gathering input from the public about the the Oasis Rail Transit project. 

Here's the schedule of meetings:

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The Ohio Department of Transportation is considering rail-car options for the proposed Oasis commuter line.

The high speed railway would run between Milford and downtown Cincinnati and is part of the larger Eastern Corridor project.

ODOT's Andrew Fluegemann says a train's operating characteristics are important.