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CMC: Trains and Transit, Past and Future

May 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Charles Y. and Frances N. Lazarus Legacy Forum – Revisiting Columbus History

From the glory days of street cars beginning with the horse drawn cars in 1863 to the electric line that started in 1888, to COTA’s downtown circulator and last mile solutions of today, Columbus has had an interest in efficient public transit. In the “Never Built Columbus: Transit”, a feature in Columbus Underground, a February 9, 2020 article provides a view into a possible transit future, “Here’s a scene from an alternate universe – an OSU student boards a streetcar at 11th Avenue and takes it down High Street to Nationwide Boulevard, where she walks down some stairs to a boarding platform to catch a train to Cleveland for the holidays (oh, and her brother arrives from his home on the Near East Side via monorail). Other options for arriving at this Downtown multi-modal transit hub include a light rail line with service from Polaris and, for those who prefer a more active mode, a city-wide network of protected bike lanes. These were all actual ideas that were proposed for Columbus, and none of them were built.” What happened to these plans and what is the vision for transit today? Our panelists will discuss the many options under consideration to move residents around the city more efficiently in the coming years.

Featuring Thea Walsh Ewing, Director of Transportation and Infrastructure, MORPC and Jeffrey Darbee, author of the forthcoming (October 2021) book, “Amtrak, America’s Railroad: Transportation’s Orphan and Its Struggle for Survival (Railroad Past and Present)” and Owner, Benjamin D Rickey & Co.. Host to be announced.

JOIN US IN THE ROOM for this discussion on May 19, limited live audience seating is available Please make reservations by Monday, May 17. We cannot accommodate walk ins.

You can also still join us on the CMC YouTube Channel to view and participate in the community conversation during this livestream event. When you register, you can submit questions in advance.

The livestream forum is FREE to view but we encourage you to register and support CMC by purchasing a virtual seat – different levels of support are available when you register!

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May 19
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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The Boat House at Confluence Park
679 W Spring St
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