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Editorial: Driverless Cars Could Usher in a New Era of Suburban Sprawl

Walker Evans Walker Evans Editorial: Driverless Cars Could Usher in a New Era of Suburban Sprawl

The City of Columbus beat out 78 other cities who applied for the Smart City grant, which is a great accomplishment and an amazing testimony to the abilities of our local leaders to rise above the competition and win our city some national recognition as well as transportation funding. If you’ve read through the details […]

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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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Columbus Wins $50 Million Smart City Grant

Brent Warren Brent Warren Columbus Wins $50 Million Smart City Grant

Columbus has won the US Department of Transportation’s Smart City challenge. The $40 million federal grant – along with $10 million from Vulcan Inc. – will be used to invest in what’s being called the next wave of transportation innovation. The Columbus application includes plans for driverless vehicles, advanced traffic analytics, and “intelligent infrastructure,” all […]

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New I-71 Outlet Mall Exit Ramp Slated to Open in 2020

Walker Evans Walker Evans New I-71 Outlet Mall Exit Ramp Slated to Open in 2020

When the Columbus Tanger Outlets officially opens later this month, you can expect an influx of shopper traffic into the area around the interchange of Interstate 71 and Route 36. To accomodate that traffic increase, work is already underway to expand the highway infrastructure in that area. “In order to build the outlet mall, 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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Plan for Sidewalks and Path Along West Third Avenue Moving Forward

Brent Warren Brent Warren Plan for Sidewalks and Path Along West Third Avenue Moving Forward

A much-needed infrastructure upgrade for a small portion of West Third Avenue just west of Olentangy River Road appears to be moving forward, more than three years after it was first proposed. The Columbus City Council on Monday approved enabling legislation for the project, which will add a sidewalk along the north side of Third […]

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