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Firms Picked to Lead Hyperloop and High Speed Rail Studies

Brent Warren Brent Warren Firms Picked to Lead Hyperloop and High Speed Rail Studies

Plans to study the feasibility of connecting Pittsburgh, Columbus and Chicago by either high speed rail or Hyperloop are moving forward. The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) announced in February a plan to study the two options, and has now picked two firms to lead the effort. AECOM and WSP USA will be the lead […]

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Hyperloop: All Hype or the Real Deal?

Brent Warren Brent Warren Hyperloop: All Hype or the Real Deal?

The Hyperloop has been a hot topic in Columbus since January of last year, when a proposal to connect Chicago, Columbus and Pittsburgh with the futuristic technology was selected as one of 35 semifinalists in the Global Challenge. A second round of media stories came last September, when Columbus was selected as one of 10 […]

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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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Planning Work Continues on Columbus to Chicago High Speed Rail Idea

Brent Warren Brent Warren Planning Work Continues on Columbus to Chicago High Speed Rail Idea

Although it’s been nearly two years since we first reported on the proposal to build a high-speed passenger rail connection between Columbus and Chicago, the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has quietly kept up their planning efforts, coordinating communication among the local jurisdictions along the proposed line and supporting two separate proposals submitted last fall […]

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Rail Advocate Optimistic About Columbus to Chicago High Speed Line

Brent Warren Brent Warren Rail Advocate Optimistic About Columbus to Chicago High Speed Line

Since a proposal for high-speed passenger rail from Columbus to Chicago was first unveiled last summer, interest in the idea has been strong. Mayor Coleman’s office called the idea “promising,” local advocacy group Transit Columbus saw an outpouring of support on social media, and the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has since said that […]

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2013 Year in Review: Transportation

Brent Warren Brent Warren 2013 Year in Review: Transportation

With so many new transit options coming online in Columbus this year (and with a recent data analysis suggesting that alternative transit is gaining ground in Columbus), we thought it would be appropriate to do a year in review for transportation news. Below is a round-up of stories we did on the new ways to get around, […]

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