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Interview: Curtis Stitt on his Tenure at COTA and the State of Public Transit in Columbus

Brent Warren Brent Warren Interview: Curtis Stitt on his Tenure at COTA and the State of Public Transit in Columbus

Curtis Stitt’s last day at the helm of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) was September 29. His five years as president and CEO capped nearly 19 in all at the agency. Columbus Underground sat down with Stitt for a wide-ranging interview just before he left, touching on everything from Smart Columbus, to the recent […]

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Self-Driving Shuttle Bus Shows up on Campus & OSU is Looking to Buy One

Brent Warren Brent Warren Self-Driving Shuttle Bus Shows up on Campus & OSU is Looking to Buy One

Sharped-eyed observers on Ohio State University’s main campus might have spotted an unusual-looking vehicle cruising around on Tuesday. Olli is the brand name of a 12-passenger van produced by an Arizona-based company called Local Motors. Designed to be fully autonomous, the rectangular-shaped shuttle was on campus for a “promotional and video shoot,” according to Benjamin […]

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What to Expect from Smart Columbus in Year Two

Brent Warren Brent Warren What to Expect from Smart Columbus in Year Two

It’s been a little over a year since Columbus beat out six other finalists to win the US Department of Transportation’s Smart City challenge. The win came with a $40 million grant from the US DOT as well as a $10 million grant from Vulcan, Inc. Local corporate and institutional partners have chipped in significant […]

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Smart Columbus Incentivizes Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Apartment Projects

Brent Warren Brent Warren Smart Columbus Incentivizes Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Apartment Projects

A new Smart Columbus program was announced today that aims to increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations in apartment and condominium buildings. The program offers a rebate of $3,500 per plug or parking space to owners of condos or apartment buildings — or to developers of new residential buildings — with a maximum […]

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The Confluence Cast: COTA’s Transit System Redesign

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: COTA’s Transit System Redesign

For the first time in their over 40-year history, the Central Ohio Transit Authority is changing up their routes. I spoke with representatives from COTA about how the new system was designed and what the philosophy was behind it. We also learned more about COTA as a whole, some of their new initiatives that they are rolling out, and […]

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The Confluence Cast: Create Columbus Commission

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: Create Columbus Commission

This week, we’re talking about young professionals in Columbus. Specifically, the Create Columbus Commission. The group was originally chartered by Mayor Michael B. Coleman ten year ago to provide guidance on how to attract and retain young professionals to Columbus. Their grant program is in full swing for the year, with opportunities for social enterprise organizations, ideas, […]

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IT Startup Community Engages in Smart Columbus

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega IT Startup Community Engages in Smart Columbus

Columbus won the Smart City Challenge last June, beating out 77 competing cities, including Austin, Portland, OR, San Francisco and Denver. With a $40 million grant from the USDOT, and adding in local public and private investment, a total of $417 million is going into the initiative. Mayor Andrew Ginther wants to raise that to […]

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