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City Set to Unveil Transportation Recommendations

Brent Warren Brent Warren City Set to Unveil Transportation Recommendations

After a year and a half of public meetings, provocative ideas, and at least one significant delay, the City of Columbus is set to unveil the final recommendations of their Connect Columbus initiative. The draft proposals — which will cover the full range of transportation policies, including new standards for street width, ideas for bike […]

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COTA Levy Renewal Gets Overwhelming Support

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega COTA Levy Renewal Gets Overwhelming Support

Columbus voters are favoring the 0.25 percent tax renewal for COTA services. Roughly 73 percent of voters came out in support of the levy with 27 percent voting against. This will be the second time this tax is passed. Voters approved the levy originally in 2006, adding to the 0.25 percent permanent tax approved in […]

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COTA Seeks Voter Support for Levy Renewal

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega COTA Seeks Voter Support for Levy Renewal

Curtis Stitt, CEO of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), made it pretty clear: vote down their 10-year 0.25 percent sales tax that’s up for renewal this year, and see services shrink to levels not seen in over a decade. In a way, COTA’s own continual expansion of services has put them in this situation. […]

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Opinion: Transit Columbus Endorses COTA Levy Renewal

Elissa Schneider Elissa Schneider Opinion: Transit Columbus Endorses COTA Levy Renewal

There is no better way to put your finger on the pulse of Columbus than to move around it on COTA. While riding the bus, I learn more about my neighbors in a more meaningful way. I have time to take in the city-scape; the good and bad of Columbus unfolding as I stare out […]

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More Details Unveiled on “Smart Columbus” Transportation Program

Brent Warren Brent Warren More Details Unveiled on “Smart Columbus” Transportation Program

Columbus was named the winner of the federal government’s Smart City Challenge in July, beating out cities like Austin, Portland and San Francisco for the $40 million prize (as well as $10 million from Paul Allen’s Vulcan, Inc.).  Civic and business leaders made a strong push to secure the grant, including a pledge to leverage the grant […]

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Interview: “Gridlock Sam” Weighs in on Big Transportation Issues in Columbus

Brent Warren Brent Warren Interview: “Gridlock Sam” Weighs in on Big Transportation Issues in Columbus

The Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at OSU recently brought former New York City Transportation Commissioner Sam Schwartz to town. Schwartz, who actually coined the term “gridlock” in the 1970′s, writes a popular column for the New York Daily News under the moniker “Gridlock Sam.” He gave a lecture at OSU on Tuesday in […]

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Video: The Cincinnati Streetcar

Walker Evans Walker Evans

This Friday, the City of Cincinnati launches its first Streetcar Line, connecting The Banks on the Riverfront with Over-the-Rhine and all points in between. Officially known as the “Cincinnati Bell Connector” due to a naming rights sponsorship from Cincinnati Bell, the 18-stop line will service residents, workers and visitors in the Downtown core of the […]

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