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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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Planners See “Window of Opportunity” for Amtrak in Ohio

Brent Warren Brent Warren Planners See “Window of Opportunity” for Amtrak in Ohio

There’s been a flurry of news about Amtrak over the last few months. Earlier this year Amtrak released its 2035 Vision plan, sharing a map of routes that would be implemented if the passenger rail service received full funding from the federal government. Included on the map was the 3-C Corridor, which would connect Columbus […]

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Interview: All Things Hyperloop and Passenger Rail with Thea Ewing

Brent Warren Brent Warren Interview: All Things Hyperloop and Passenger Rail with Thea Ewing

For a technology that is still under development and has not been proven to work in anything close to a full-scale setting, the Hyperloop continues to get a lot of attention, particularly in Columbus. There has been a steady stream of news and announcements about the idea since early 2017, when a route including Chicago, […]

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MORPC Releases Hyperloop Feasibility Study

Brent Warren Brent Warren MORPC Releases Hyperloop Feasibility Study

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission has released a new report on the feasibility of connecting Chicago, Columbus and Pittsburgh via hyperloop. “We have continued to advance the work along this corridor ever since winning the Virgin Hyperloop One Global Challenge for the Midwest Connect route, and conducting this feasibility study was one of our first, […]

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Chicago to Columbus: Hyperloop and High Speed Rail Options to be Studied

Brent Warren Brent Warren Chicago to Columbus: Hyperloop and High Speed Rail Options to be Studied

The Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) announced a plan today to study “rapid-speed” transportation options linking Pittsburgh, Columbus and Chicago. That would include both high speed rail – which was first floated as an option in 2013 and for which some planning has already begun – and Hyperloop, the futuristic tube-based transport that has […]

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Columbus to Chicago Rail Proposal Still on the Table

Brent Warren Brent Warren Columbus to Chicago Rail Proposal Still on the Table

Yesterday’s announcement that a hyperloop route between Chicago, Columbus and Pittsburgh will be further studied might leave some wondering — what happened to the proposal to build a high speed rail line on essentially the same route? The passenger rail proposal, which would connect Columbus to Chicago by upgrading existing freight lines, is not dead. […]

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