Moeller has led the way in trying to save the station along the CSX line near the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, which Magliari referred to as “our former home.”
“Station-location decisions — I can’t speak to the specifics here — are generally determined by the community coming to us and saying, ‘Here’s where we want a stop,’” Magliari said. “And then we go to the railroad who owns the tracks, and it’s not us there, and say, ‘OK, here’s where they’d like us to stop Will this work?’”
CSX and Amtrak, in Hamilton’s case, would then discuss what might work and what wouldn’t, he said.
Officials from All Aboard Ohio, a rail advocacy group, have said a stop is more likely for Middletown on the route linking Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus and Cleveland than it is for Hamilton to be part of that route, based on prior Amtrak recommendations.
Asked about that, Magliari said: “I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves here. We’ve not even released a plan. There’s been some discussions about a plan. Nor have we released what we’re going to specifically be asking Congress for,” other than generalities.
Moeller and other Hamilton officials have advocated moving the CSX station elsewhere, and naming it for presidents Abraham Lincoln and Harry Truman, who spoke nearby during railroad campaigns.