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Hyperloop Efforts Continue, but Don’t Count Out Passenger Rail Yet

Brent Warren Brent Warren Hyperloop Efforts Continue, but Don’t Count Out Passenger Rail Yet

The idea of connecting Columbus to Chicago and Pittsburgh with a new, super-fast, tube-based form of transportation has received a lot of attention in the last few years. The Hyperloop test pod made several appearances around Ohio last summer, delegations of local officials have flown out to Nevada to check out a desert test track […]

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Interview: MORPC’s William Murdock on Planning for Density, the Hyperloop, and More

Brent Warren Brent Warren Interview: MORPC’s William Murdock on Planning for Density, the Hyperloop, and More

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is the driving force behind some high-profile initiatives in Central Ohio, such as the Insight 2050 and Corridor Concepts studies and the proposal to connect Columbus to Chicago via high speed rail or Hyperloop. Columbus Underground recently sat down with MORPC Executive Director William Murdock, who was happy to […]

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Interview: COTA CEO Joanna Pinkerton

Brent Warren Brent Warren Interview: COTA CEO Joanna Pinkerton

Joanna Pinkerton was named the new President and CEO of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) in March of this year. Since that time, Smart Columbus has rolled out a series of electric vehicle and tech-centric initiatives, a driverless shuttle has started running in a loop Downtown, and hundreds of rentable scooters (as well as […]

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Columbus Region to Grow to 3 Million Residents by 2050

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Region to Grow to 3 Million Residents by 2050

When the Insight2050 study was first unveiled way back in 2014 by the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), local planners projected that the Columbus region was on track to add another 500,000 people to its population by the year 2050. An update today confirms that the original projections were a little too conservative — we’re […]

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Columbus Metropolitan Club: Hyperloop… Transforming Transport

Kylie Harwell-Sturgill Kylie Harwell-Sturgill Columbus Metropolitan Club: Hyperloop… Transforming Transport

Panel discussion featuring Dan Katz, Director of Global Public Policy & North American Projects, Virgin Hyperloop One, Ferzan Ahmed, Vice President, AECOM, Jolene Molitoris, former Director, Ohio Department of Transportation, and Thea Walsh, Director of Transportation Systems & Funding, MORPC. In partnership with: MORPC Regular Entree: Pan seared tasso chicken with marble potatoes and asparagus. […]

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