Proposal calls for passenger rail line from Lorain to Cleveland

CLEVELAND - Proponents of a passenger rail line between Lorain and Cleveland say it would link poor city residents to jobs in growing areas.

NEOtrans consultants also say that the rail line would limit pollution and fight high gasoline prices.

A similar proposal five years ago stalled in its tracks. A study concluded that the service might not attract enough riders to justify its high cost.

Transportation activist Ken Prendergast, of Lakewood, says that the rail line would help deal with the damage of sprawl.

The proposed West Shore Greenway would include stops in Sheffield Lake, Avon, Westlake, Rocky River and Lakewood.

Lakewood Mayor Tom George supports the plan, but Rocky River Mayor William Knoble is against more train traffic through his city.

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