A proposed 300-mile high-speed-rail line between Chicago and Columbus, Ohio, is estimated to cost $1.3 billion for equipment and construction. There is no funding yet, but the potential economic impact -- "26,800 full-time jobs and $700 million in household income along the corridor" -- would "make the line a strong candidate for federal funding and public-private partnerships," according to a feasibility study released by the Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association.

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