Project Partner: City of Fort Wayne
As Indiana’s second largest city and a regional hub for commerce and travel, the City of Fort Wayne recognizes the importance of returning passenger rail service to its community. From NIPRA’s beginning, City officials identified the organization’s efforts as deserving of support as well as partnership. Understanding that the community will benefit from passenger rail service, Mayor Tom Henry approved funding and resources for the passenger rail project in 2009. Since then, City staff have worked alongside NIPRA volunteers to complete necessary feasibility and environmental planning; to connect and develop relationships with public officials, private businesses and other advocacy groups; and to generate community involvement and support. This partnership has afforded both NIPRA and the City of Fort Wayne with progress that will put the community back on the map for passenger rail service.