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The major cities of Columbus, Akron and Dayton do not have Amtrak service. Columbus is the third-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. without passenger rail service after Phoenix and Las Vegas. Dayton (which lost service in 1979) and Akron (which lost service in 2005) are the eleventh and twelfth.
Cleveland had a subway line crossing the Cuyahoga River on the lower-deck of Detroit-Superior Bridge traveling between Ohio City (near Detroit & West 25th. St.) and downtown Cleveland. Currently, it is open only for historical walking tours. Cleveland also had a much larger, electric-powered light-rail streetcar system of rail coaches & overhead lines, which were replaced by diesel-powered city transit buses.
Cincinnati once started construction of a subway, but work was abandoned during the Great Depression. Cincinnati has had efforts in the 21st century to revive train service with plans to extend train service from the Cincinnati Airport (CVG) in Kentucky to downtown Cincinnati, to Kings Island. However, funding for this project has not been found.
There are also several passenger railroad lines and train stations in Ohio which offer scenic train rides.
The Cardinal passenger train enters Ohio near College Corner, travels through Hamilton, and stops at Cincinnati Union Terminal. Most of the Union Terminal has now been turned into the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, with the Amtrak train station located in the same building. After leaving Cincinnati, the train crosses into Kentucky where it follows the Ohio River on the southern border of Ohio to Ashland, Kentucky.
CAUTION: Both Red heavy-rail line, and Blue & Green light-rail lines have stations called "East 79th.", they are two different stations geographically apart on East 79th. St.
Similarly, the Blue & Green lines have Southington, Lee, and Warrensville stations which are pairs of different stations geographically apart on their respective street names.
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