U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a letter to Kasich that the Ohio
train project, which would create regular speed passenger service between Cincinnati, Cleveland and
Columbus, would be good for the state and national economy.
During the campaign Kasich promised to cancel the project, which he said Ohio cannot afford, 10 Investigates' Paul Aker reported.
On Monday, Kasich sent a letter to President Barack Obama, asking to use
the money for roads and freight lines.
LaHood said the money can only be used for the train project.
A Kasich spokesman said he is "fully aware of the rules surrounding the use of
federal funds and remains interested in pursuing additional flexibilities on this issue. It
is, however, refreshing to see that Secretary LaHood understands the importance of preventing
anymore wasteful spending on the passenger rail project."
LaHood said if Kasich backs out as he plans, the government wants to come up with a phase out plan that does not waste taxpayer's money.
Gov. Ted Strickland's office on Tuesday said he has no plans to stop the project.
Strickland said research for the project has many uses.
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