I contacted the project's Passenger Rail Planning Manager, Don Damron, to ask about what sorts of amenities will be available for cyclists. Mostly I was interested in whether there'd be bikes allowed on the train. Here's Mr. Damron's response:
James,I am now officically ULTRA-excited about this project. I would love nothing more than to be able to hop on the train in Columbus and ride up to Monroe, MI (where my parents live) and visit them in an hour or so, and not have to DRIVE!
Yes, you will be able to take your bike on the train, panniers and all. Ohio Hub operating policies will provide for and accommodate bikes, just as on-board space will be provided for luggage and other large items. Ride up to the local passenger rail station, take your bike on board the train - and when you arrive at your destination station, simply jump off the train and back on your bike to continue your ride. It will be your fastest Century Ride ever. And it will be that simple. Guaranteed! Now, please write your representatives and tell them that bikes and trains make the perfect combo.
So check out the project. Pay careful attention to the maps involved, and see how this project could affect you and your travels. And then do as Mr. Damron suggests and contact your state and federal representatives and voice your support for this project! It's a great opportunity for Ohioans to travel quickly, easily, and sustainably!