April 19, 2017.  Oxford, OH.  Alan Kyger, Economic Development Director for the City of Oxford, updated the Oxford Rotary Club on the progress of the Amtrak stop project, a joint effort between the City of Oxford and Miami University.
A committee was formed in 2015 to evaluate the possibility of creating a stop on the "Cardinal" Line which makes its run through Oxford around 2.30 a.m. on its way to Chicago.  The Cardinal line received its name for the State Flower of West Virginia, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois, territories through which the line made its way.  
The committee, which includes Rotarians Mike Davis, Lee Fisher and Randi Thomas, has succeeded in working through a myriad of data to determine optimum site, style of station and funding of the overall project.  The City of Oxford has committed $350,000 with a matching amount funded by Miami.  This would cover the cost of construction of the base station, road reconfiguration, parking and sidewalk access at the selected site on the former Talawanda High School grounds.  Amtrak has approved the project but has asked that a survey of Oxford residents be undertaken to ensure full support.
Timing of the required survey and commencement of the project are under discussion at this time.  
About the Speaker: Alan Kyger can be reached at the City of Oxford at (513)-524-5238 or akyger@cityofoxford.org.  He was raised in Oxford, attended Talawanda High School and graduated from Miami University.  He and his wife, Marti, have two sons and live in the Oxford Community.