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Henry to sign passenger-rail agreement

The mayors of Fort Wayne and eight other communities in Indiana and Ohio plan to cooperate in efforts to develop a passenger-rail corridor linking Chicago and Columbus, Ohio.

In a statement, the mayors said they would work together to get funding for a federally required environmental impact study, the next step in developing such a passenger rail line.

The study could begin later this year and would take 18 months to complete, the statement said.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry said the corridor "will be good for citizens throughout northern Indiana and central Ohio. It will increase transportation alternatives and help boost economic development and tourism."

Other Indiana communities expected to sign the agreement this week are Warsaw, Plymouth, Valparaiso and Gary. Other Ohio communities expected to sign are Columbus, Marysville, Kenton and Lima.