Project Description

The City of Fort Wayne has received a Corridor ID grant from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for the Midwest Connect Corridor; connecting Chicago, IL, to Pittsburgh, PA, through Fort Wayne, IN, and Columbus, OH. Partnering with regional planning agencies: Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC), the City is entering Step 1 of the program to develop a scope, schedule, and cost estimate for preparing, completing, or documenting a Service Development Plan.

Potential route for Midwest Connect Corridor

Map of Midwest Connect Corridor

The Corridor ID Program is a multi-year comprehensive intercity passenger rail planning and development program that will help guide intercity passenger rail development and create a pipeline of intercity passenger rail projects ready for implementation.

The City of Fort Wayne received a grant from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to conduct Step 1 of the Corridor ID program which sets the stage for a Service Development Plan.

Step 1: The development of a scope, schedule, and budget for a Service Development Plan.

Step 2: The development of a Service Development Plan. The SDP will advance the scope, schedule, and cost estimates for preliminarily engineering, environmental impact, and construction of a passenger rail line.

The Service Development Plan is a critical prerequisite to applying for capital funding for passenger rail improvements.

The Midwest Connect Passenger Rail Corridor includes Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus-Pittsburgh; connecting a population of 14.7 million and capitalizing on this central economic hub. The corridor is approximately 545 miles in length.

The Midwest Connect Corridor will offer an alternative mode of transportation that will provide equitable intercity and interregional connectivity, meet nationwide climate resiliency and sustainability goals, and grow the economic competitiveness of small, mid-sized, and large communities along the Corridor.

Key Dates

Friday April 05, 2024 to Friday May 03, 2024 11:00 am



The City of Fort Wayne invites qualified professional engineering firms to submit their Statements of Interest and Qualifications for preliminary engineering services for the Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus-Pittsburgh Passenger Rail Service CID Program Step 1.

Online Bid:

Consulting_ QBS_Midwest Connect_CorridorID_Bid_9064446

Corridor ID Program Partners

The City of Fort Wayne is working with the following partners to successfully implement the Corridor ID Program.