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  • in reply to: Rickenbacker – News & Updates #1075073

    CMHflyer
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    Is Allegiant the only airline with regular passenger service from Rickenbacker?

    Yes. Allegiant fills a nice niche out of LCK that complements CMH as opposed to cannibalizing it. I wouldn’t count on seeing much more passenger service out of Rickenbacker other than charter (college championship flights) and scheduled-charter (casino junkets & all-inclusives) ops.

    in reply to: Rickenbacker – News & Updates #1075070

    CMHflyer
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    More awesome news for the air cargo industry of Central Ohio!

    Emirates carrier to fly cargo to Rickenbacker

    Another article provided by Columbus Business First:

    http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2015/05/05/dubai-s-emirates-skycargo-adding-rickenbacker-to.html

    This is definitely great news. There aren’t many markets the size of Columbus to host such an array of international cargo airlines. My hope is that Nippon Cargo Airlines will be the next cargo operator to choose LCK given Honda’s presence in the market and the freight forwarders associated with their presence.

    in reply to: Downtown's next big move? #1072479

    CMHflyer
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    *Sigh* That would be Capitol Tower Place. I remember as a child cutting out the rendering from the article in the Dispatch and eagerly awaiting its planned completion in the late 90s. Of course, it never happened.

    I too would like to see the surface lots surrounding the capitol replaced with buildings. And as much as I’d like to see Capitol Tower reborn, I’ll gladly accept something on a smaller scale.

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    in reply to: Downtown's next big move? #1072125

    CMHflyer
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>derm wrote:</div>
    Speaking of connecting things. I think they need to repurpose the old bridge/exit ramp that goes from Miranova to the Audubon Park into a High Line-esque pedestrian walkway.

    +1 EVERY time I drive by I fantasize about that being a pedestrian bridge

    This is such a fantastic idea for multiple reasons: a direct connection to downtown from the park, repurposing infrastructure in a way unique to Columbus, etc. Please someone in the city take note!

    in reply to: CMH-SFO Direct Flights #1029199

    CMHflyer
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    Unfortunately, this will not happen anytime soon.

    Sadly, United is the process of outsourcing their entire staff at CMH to a third party company. Not sure what kind of contractual obligations United has, however they continue to operate one mainline flight to Chicago on a daily basis. A second mainline to SFO would likely cause the station to be in violation of union contracts. They would either have to downgrade to ORD flight to make room for an SFO flight, or wait until contract regulations can grandfather in additional mainline service.

    Even with 138 PDEW, CMH-SFO won’t work without connection feed, which only United can provide. In the absolute best case scenario, United could announce service late next year for an early spring 2016 start. But again, it’s a long shot.

    in reply to: Two New 15-Story Towers Proposed Downtown #1024090

    CMHflyer
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    It’s great to see that the GCCC has taken a page out of the absentee landlord book and has decided to squat on this land until it suits them rather than take part in a public/private partnership that would create something beneficial for the entire community and, ultimately, them (heavy-handed and a bit of a stretch, I know, but this latest proposal is a colossal disappointment).

    So the planned renovations will make it so the convention center doesn’t look like “taking a step 20 years back in time” from the Hilton, but they will construct a 1970s-era designed parking garage across the street? Why don’t we just borrow the garage from Toledo’s Fiberglass Tower and call it a day?

    in reply to: New Columbia Gas HQ Building in The Arena District #1010323

    CMHflyer
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    As much as I’d like to see a CVS/Walgreens/RiteAid/etc in the Arena District, I doubt it will happen. A convenience store would eat in to concession sales at the arena, the movie theater, LC, and Huntington Park; something all venues I think would try very much to avoid.

    Very excited about this new restaurant coming into the district. Odd name though…

    in reply to: Rickenbacker – News & Updates #1010319

    CMHflyer
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    This is a huge coup for Rickenbacker. As mentioned in the press release, heavy-freight forwarding took a huge hit during the Recession. Multiple airports in the region such as Toledo (BAX Global, formerly Burlington Air Express), Dayton (Menlo Worldwide, successor to Emery), Wilmington (ABX) and Fort Wayne (Kitty Hawk) have been left scrambling to find an operator to fill their respective void. Not only that, but the CRAA was able to persuade Amerijet to invest in LCK as opposed to other successful established cargo operations in the region (DHL in Cincinnati, FedEx in Indianapolis, UPS in Louisville, Kalitta/National and USAJet in Detroit-Willow Run).

    The air cargo growth at Rickenbacker has been astounding as of late. Just within the last year the CRAA acquired new service from both Cargolux and Cathay Pacific Cargo, two juggernauts in international air freight. The latest investment by Amerijet is big testament to the continued strength of the logistics sector in Central Ohio. Here’s hoping to its continued growth and success.

    in reply to: Port Columbus (CMH) Airport News & Updates #980887

    CMHflyer
    Participant

    Vacation Express adding weekend seasonal service to Cancun (CUN) and Freeport (FPO) via AeroMexico and Bahamasair, respectively:

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/vacation-express-announces-non-stops-180000542.html

    in reply to: Airport-Downtown Rail Line Proposed #559477

    CMHflyer
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    InnerCore said:
    I agree with this, with a slight reservation. If its broken into phases and all or at least this and the central phase are preapproved before this phase then fine. Overall I think this would be a great line to have. The issue is that if they decide to build this phase 1st, since it most likely won’t be popular with out the other lines, I don’t want the anti rail folks to use the ridership from this line as a reason to kill the rest of the projects.

    I do like what’s being said here, and I do believe that this should work in tandem with the greater transportation network (connections to COTA, high-speed rail to Chicago, bike paths, etc). But, if engineered correctly, I still think this could work well as the initial line.

    in reply to: Airport-Downtown Rail Line Proposed #559476

    CMHflyer
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    in reply to: Airport-Downtown Rail Line Proposed #559475

    CMHflyer
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    InnerCore said:
    I’m sure you could find a subset of people who would do this but by and large most people aren’t going to fly in to Columbus, rent a hotel a Easton, walk around Easton only and then fly home.

    The majority of business travelers I’ve come in contact with do exactly that. For example, an exec I met doing business with The Limited taking a taxi to the Hilton Easton, doing business there, then taking a taxi back to CMH. Same with conventioneers going downtown. Once downtown, they tend to stay at or near the convention center until it’s time to head back to the airport. Again, anecdotal, but I think it’s a worthy subset to take into account.

    InnerCore said:
    You’re clearly not comparing apples and oranges and missing big obvious points.

    1. The blue line not only connects the Mall to the airport to downtown, but it also goes THROUGH downtown. From my understanding they’re looking at just dumping you off at the convention center. This is part of my whole point we need something that moves through downtown. Now if this line is going to go from the convention center through the rest of downtown then I’d be for it.

    2. The blue lines runs through a lot of residential areas heading in to downtown along a road that has a lot of traffic. So for a lot of people they can walk to a station and then ride it downtown where there are multiple stations for them to get to their job and then repeat the process home. This line would not be able to anything remotely close to that. The line runs through primarily industrial areas where there isn’t a lot of residential nearby and the residential that is near can’t easily access it. Their route would be similar to a route running along High st.

    3. There’s the obvious things you pointed out like connecting a tourist destination that has 25x the number of visitors to an airport that has 2x the number of passengers to a downtown that has 4x the number of residents and 2x the workforce all along more densely populated areas.

    Comparing the two systems because the connect a mall, airport and downtown would be like comparing a Ferrari to a Civic because the both have 4 wheels and an engine.

    1. Understood and definitely a fair point. Though arguably once you’ve hit the convention center you can then take several options, including the proposed free circulator, to a number of downtown and SN destinations. So if the terminus has to be the convention center, it’s not necessarily the worst of locations. However, depending on the gauge of track, maybe it could extend to Franklin Co. Gov. complex or even in to German Village/Brewery District running at gauge along High St. Or, if the line continues along existing tracks, it could ride up through Lennox and up to Riverside Hospital. This of course is yet to be determined.

    2. The Easton -> Airport segment could provide some quality feed for the rest of the trip downtown. Actually by not having many potential stops on the Airport -> downtown sector could be a benefit as far as speed of travel. When I last visited MSP the residential along the Blue Line didn’t seem that dense, and then there’s the section between Franklin and the Metrodome where you’re riding over railyards and aqueducts. I got the impression that Hennepin Ave. was more like Minneapolis’ version of High St; Minnehaha Ave. is more like Broad St. ;)

    3. The relative size of the nodes in Minneapolis doesn’t mean it can’t and won’t work in Columbus. It’s my personal belief that the linking of large business/tourist centers via a dedicated means is important to any city’s infrastructure, whether it be through heavy rail, LRT, BRT, or dedicated bus. Whether LRT is correct at this time for the proposed routing is yet to be determined; but I’m a huge proponent of it.

    in reply to: Airport-Downtown Rail Line Proposed #559458

    CMHflyer
    Participant

    Per the wiki, MSP traffic is 54% O&D, which would equate to over 15 mil pax. That’s substantially more than CMH. Regardless, my point by citing Minneapolis was that they were able to construct a successful light rail line connecting 3 nodes (mall, airport, downtown). The same 3 that Columbus is proposing.

    in reply to: Airport-Downtown Rail Line Proposed #559454

    CMHflyer
    Participant

    Graybeak said:
    I am sorry, as much as I love Columbus, I have a hard time thinking of Mall of America (40 million visitors annually with 400 stores over 4,870,000 square feet with an amusement park, an aquarium, lego land Barbie Dreamhouse experience and a miniature golf course) and Easton (200 stores, 1.7 million sq feet 20 million annual visitors. Um. A Movie theatre that serves food, and a couple fountains) as similar.

    The same can be said about MSP (30+ mil pax, hub for DL and SY) and CMH (6+ mil pax, no hub). The point is that the Blue line connects 3 major nodes in Minneapolis; this would do the same in Columbus.

    in reply to: Airport-Downtown Rail Line Proposed #559452

    CMHflyer
    Participant

    InnerCore said:
    The issue is that once you get from the airport to downtown you’re STILL going to want a car. So the hassle of taking a rail to downtown and then still renting a car makes it pointless.

    I actually found that to be quite the opposite. A large portion of the passengers I dealt with that were going to Downtown or Easton were staying in those areas. The car rental or taxi was just to get to the hotel/office/convention. Once their, transportation was no longer an issue.

    InnerCore said:
    I think this would be a great option in the future once we’ve already established a rail network connecting all the main areas.

    But this would connect 3 of Columbus’ major areas: Easton, Port Columbus, Downtown. And it’s been proven as a great place to start. Minneapolis’ first light rail line did the exact same thing connecting the Mall of America to MSP to downtown Minneapolis.

    http://www.metrotransit.org/metro-blue-line

    InnerCore said:
    In the meantime Denver is expanding their rail network to connect the areas that would be convenient for most people (not airport to downtown).

    The East Rail Line is over half completed and will connect Union Station to DIA in 2016.

    http://www.rtd-denver.com/EastRailLine.shtml

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