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Will ODOT’s New Walking and Biking Plan Make a Difference?

Brent Warren Brent Warren Will ODOT’s New Walking and Biking Plan Make a Difference?

A new plan released by the Ohio Department of Transportation calls for an increased focus on the safety of cyclists and walkers in the state. The report, called Walk.Bike.Ohio, is the first statewide bike and pedestrian plan ever produced by the agency. “The development of Walk.Bike.Ohio has helped us to establish a statewide vision for […]

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FlixBus Returns to Columbus, Offering Service to Four Cities

Brent Warren Brent Warren FlixBus Returns to Columbus, Offering Service to Four Cities

Starting today, July 1, bus riders looking for an alternative to Greyhound will have a new option for travel to Dayton, Indianapolis, Chicago and Milwaukee. FlixBus, a German-based company that began operating inter-city bus routes in the U.S. in 2018, is returning to Columbus after operating here for several months in late 2019 and early […]

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Report Shows Development Opportunities Along Proposed Transit Route

Brent Warren Brent Warren Report Shows Development Opportunities Along Proposed Transit Route

A new LinkUs report shows how a proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line along Olentangy River Road could spur the redevelopment of several large, suburban-style retail centers. Frequent, reliable, high-speed transit – designed in a way that also accommodates cyclists and pedestrians – will encourage more urban, walkable development, adding density to a corridor that […]

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Final Report Released as Smart City Challenge Comes to an End

Brent Warren Brent Warren Final Report Released as Smart City Challenge Comes to an End

Expectations were high when Columbus won the US Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge in 2016, beating out a host of other cities, including Austin, Portland and San Fransisco. The win unlocked $40 million in federal grant money and a $10 million grant from Paul Allen’s Vulcan, Inc., but local leaders talked up the potential for […]

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New Leaders of Downtown Group to Focus on Affordable Housing, Safety

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Leaders of Downtown Group to Focus on Affordable Housing, Safety

The Columbus Downtown Development Corporation now has a new leadership team to go along with a newly-reconfigured board and a new directive from the mayor’s office to push for an “equitable recovery” for the region’s core. Greg Davies, who most recently worked for the Columbus Partnership and previously served as Mayor Andrew Ginther’s Chief of […]

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Front Street Bridge to be Replaced as I-70/71 Split Project Continues

Brent Warren Brent Warren Front Street Bridge to be Replaced as I-70/71 Split Project Continues

The next phase of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s I-70/71 split project is now back on track and scheduled to begin early next year. As part of that phase, the South Front Street bridge that spans the freeway between the Brewery District and Downtown will be replaced with a new, wider bridge that will feature […]

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Mayors, Amtrak Make Pitch for Ohio Expansion

Brent Warren Brent Warren Mayors, Amtrak Make Pitch for Ohio Expansion

Amtrak officials are enlisting Ohio’s local leaders to make the case for the expansion of passenger rail service in the state. At a virtual media event held yesterday with the mayors of Cleveland, Dayton and Crestline, Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn stressed the importance of Ohio to the agency’s overall expansion plans. Amtrak’s 2035 Vision plan […]

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