Kevin Verhoff original map

Kevin Verhoff's original plan included seven rail lines, with stops in half of Ohio's 88 counties.

On Nov. 23, Mount Vernon resident Kevin Verhoff published a blog post titled, “Crazy idea: Let’s build a rail network in Ohio!” It outlined a new way of thinking about public transportation, proposing the creation of a $9 billion passenger rail system that would serve 83 percent of Ohioans.

To his surprise, the post took off. It received regional and national attention, as journalists and transportation advocates latched onto Verhoff’s concept.

This week, our Grant Pepper spoke with Verhoff about his idea – where it came from, how it would work, and how people from Knox County would benefit from it.

Before listening to this week’s episode, make sure to read the following articles:

Verhoff’s original blog post: Crazy Idea: Let’s build a Rail Network in Ohio!

The first story written about Verhoff’s idea, by Tyler Buchanan of the Ohio Capital Journal: Passenger rail system in Ohio? One ‘data nerd’ has an idea on how to make it possible.

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Grant is a 2018 graduate of Ohio Northern University, where he studied journalism and played basketball. He likes coffee, books and minor league baseball. He loves telling stories and has a passion for local news.