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Capital Crossroads Makes Pitch for Free Bus Pass Program for Downtown Workers

Brent Warren Brent Warren Capital Crossroads Makes Pitch for Free Bus Pass Program for Downtown Workers

When it comes to transit, discussions about light rail and streetcars — or high-profile, big-money initiatives like Smart Columbus — tend to grab the headlines. The Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District is betting that a much more modest program can help to revitalize Downtown while also putting a dent in Columbus’ infamous “car culture.” It will […]

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Locally Produced Film Tackles Transit Access as Civil Rights Issue

Brent Warren Brent Warren Locally Produced Film Tackles Transit Access as Civil Rights Issue

In 2011 the city of Beavercreek, Ohio refused a request from the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority to extend an existing bus line an additional three stops. What sounds like a minor local news story turned into much more, and a new film documenting the resultant civil rights complaint and the eventual overturning of the […]

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Smart Columbus Update: More Funding Secured, New “Chief Innovation Officer” to Lead Effort

Brent Warren Brent Warren Smart Columbus Update: More Funding Secured, New “Chief Innovation Officer” to Lead Effort

When Columbus was announced as the winner of the $40 million federal Smart City grant last summer, much was made of the additional $90 million in matching resources that were secured from local corporate and institutional partners. The city announced last week that it has secured additional commitments, growing the total pot of monetary and […]

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COTA Reveals New Transit Recommendations, Looks for Feedback

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Reveals New Transit Recommendations, Looks for Feedback

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) started its NextGen initiative nearly two years ago, hoping to lay out a long-term vision for the future of transit in the region. A lot has changed since then – including the Smart City win, which fundamentally changed the landscape of transportation planning in Columbus – leading to delays […]

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COTA Prepares for Rollout of Redesigned Bus Network

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Prepares for Rollout of Redesigned Bus Network

The bus network in Columbus is about to change in a big way, and the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is working hard to get the word out before the new routes take effect on May 1. Starting in March, street teams are set to deploy to the busiest bus stops, offering information about the […]

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Megabus Quietly Discontinues Columbus Service

Walker Evans Walker Evans Megabus Quietly Discontinues Columbus Service

If you haven’t noticed one of the big blue Megabuses running through Columbus recently, it’s because they’ve ended the service. No official notice was given publicly, but a Columbus Underground reader tipped us off when an inquiry to customer service about the absent Columbus routes yielded the following response: ”At this time the service has been […]

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Proposal for Hyperloop Between Chicago and Columbus Receives a Boost From Startup

Brent Warren Brent Warren Proposal for Hyperloop Between Chicago and Columbus Receives a Boost From Startup

A proposal from the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission to build a hyperloop from Chicago to Pittsburgh (with a stop in Columbus) received a boost from a startup looking to build the first prototype of the futuristic transportation idea. Hyperloop One is a Los Angeles-based company that is researching the technology, which it describes as […]

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