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City Set to Unveil Transportation Recommendations

Brent Warren Brent Warren City Set to Unveil Transportation Recommendations

After a year and a half of public meetings, provocative ideas, and at least one significant delay, the City of Columbus is set to unveil the final recommendations of their Connect Columbus initiative. The draft proposals — which will cover the full range of transportation policies, including new standards for street width, ideas for bike […]

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Transit Columbus to City: Don’t Skip Rail in Pursuit of Driverless Cars

Brent Warren Brent Warren Transit Columbus to City: Don’t Skip Rail in Pursuit of Driverless Cars

As recently as a year ago, it appeared that the stars were finally aligning (albeit slowly) for those hoping to see some sort of rail transit in Columbus. COTA’s NextGen initiative was laying out “premium transit corridors,” the city’s Connect Columbus plan was floating the idea of an underground light rail line through the Short North, and […]

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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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COTA Looking for Help in Picking Best Corridors for Light Rail or Streetcars

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Looking for Help in Picking Best Corridors for Light Rail or Streetcars

There is no shortage of opinions in Columbus about whether rail should be a part of our future transit network, and the Central Ohio Transit Authority, with it’s ongoing NextGen process, is very methodically working toward an official recommendation on that front. However, before any decisions are made about what type of “premium transit” is […]

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Underground Light Rail Idea Presented as Connect Columbus Initiative Continues

Brent Warren Brent Warren Underground Light Rail Idea Presented as Connect Columbus Initiative Continues

The city’s Connect Columbus initiative continues this week with a third round of workshops designed to generate discussion about driving, walking, biking and riding in Columbus. As they’ve done in the first two week-long sessions, the city and its team of consultants will provide maps, case studies from other cities, and lots of data about […]

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Transit Proposals Beginning to Generate Discussion

Brent Warren Brent Warren Transit Proposals Beginning to Generate Discussion

The city’s new Connect Columbus initiative got started last month with multiple “plan van” appearances around town and a series of meetings on the west side. Among the proposals and ideas discussed is a look at four different “premium transit” scenarios. Should Columbus pursue a straight-line light rail system like Salt Lake City, or a […]

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Interview: Jeffrey Tumlin on the Future of Transportation in Columbus

Brent Warren Brent Warren Interview: Jeffrey Tumlin on the Future of Transportation in Columbus

Columbus Underground readers have likely noticed the name Nelson Nygaard popping up with some regularity in recent months. The transportation planning firm recently worked on the Short North Parking Study, and is currently taking the lead on two major transportation initiatives in Columbus – the city’s multimodal thoroughfare plan (Connect Columbus), and COTA’s upcoming NextGen […]

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