A 12-member group of politicans and business leaders is asking Gov. John Kasich to reconsider his decision to abandon plans for high-speed rail in Ohio.

Kasich, a Republican who beat Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland last November, killed a proposal to create a commuter line between Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati. He rejected the use of $400 million of federal funds that would have been part of the project.

Last week elected officials and business and community leaders wrote to Kasich asking him to support a new public-private partnership that would connect the Cleveland-Akron-Youngstown region.

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