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With Focus on New Technologies, is Push for Rail in Columbus Losing Steam?

Brent Warren Brent Warren With Focus on New Technologies, is Push for Rail in Columbus Losing Steam?

Ask anyone involved in Columbus’ successful Smart City bid, and they will say that it was an extraordinary group effort – the region’s business, political and institutional leaders “stacked hands” to demonstrate a level of support for actually carrying out the high-tech ideas laid out in the application that was unmatched by any other city. Nothing […]

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Ohio House Reps Applaud Smart City Grant, Official Announcement Coming Today

Walker Evans Walker Evans Ohio House Reps Applaud Smart City Grant, Official Announcement Coming Today

Even though the news broke early on Tuesday via US Senator Sherrod Brown, local officials have not yet made the official announcement that Columbus has won the $50 million Smart City Grant. The news is expected to come later today during a press conference taking place at the Douglas Recreation Center at 12:30pm. Members of the […]

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Release of Transit Recommendations Delayed

Brent Warren Brent Warren Release of Transit Recommendations Delayed

The release of the final recommendations from a pair of high-profile plans meant to set the agenda for Columbus’ transit future has been delayed. The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), which started holding public meetings in April of last year for its NextGen initiative, had indicated as recently as last fall that a final report was […]

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Local Leaders Pledge $90 Million to New Transportation Technology Fund

Walker Evans Walker Evans Local Leaders Pledge $90 Million to New Transportation Technology Fund

In March, Columbus was announced as one of seven finalists eligible for a $40 million federal transportation grant known as the ”Smart City Challenge”, which would be applied to implementing new transit technologies in the region. Last week, local leaders made their case for that funding in front of US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx during a special […]

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Work Begins on Parsons Avenue Streetscape Project

Walker Evans Walker Evans Work Begins on Parsons Avenue Streetscape Project

The stretch of Parsons Avenue that runs through Olde Towne East is getting a makeover. Workers recently began tearing up portions of the street between Franklin Avenue and Broad Street to begin burying utility lines. The project, originally announced in late 2014, was set to begin in mid-2015, but was delayed due to some changes. […]

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Columbus Makes Its Pitch for $40 Million “Smart City” Grant

Brent Warren Brent Warren Columbus Makes Its Pitch for $40 Million “Smart City” Grant

US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was in town yesterday to talk about the “Smart City Challenge,” a national competition that will award up to $40 million to the city judged to have the best ideas for utilizing technology to improve its transportation network. Columbus was one of seven cities named as finalists for the award […]

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Growth Has Columbus Region on Track to Hit 3 Million Mark by 2050

Brent Warren Brent Warren Growth Has Columbus Region on Track to Hit 3 Million Mark by 2050

Stronger-than-expected population growth in the last five years has led the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) to revise its estimate for future growth in the Columbus region. The organization’s Insight2050 report — released in 2014 — predicted that an additional 500,000 people would call the seven-county Central Ohio area home by 2050. The latest numbers, […]

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