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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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Never Built Columbus: Transit

Brent Warren Brent Warren Never Built Columbus: Transit

Here’s a scene from an alternate universe – an OSU student boards a streetcar at 11th Avenue and takes it down High Street to Nationwide Boulevard, where she walks down some stairs to a boarding platform to catch a train to Cleveland for the holidays (oh, and her brother arrives from his home on the […]

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Transportation Roundup: Last Day Set For Downtown Shuttle

Brent Warren Brent Warren Transportation Roundup: Last Day Set For Downtown Shuttle

The end is near for the Smart Circuit, the driverless shuttle that has been operating in Downtown Columbus since last December. Jennifer Fening, a spokesperson for Smart Columbus, said that the contract with the shuttle’s operator – May Mobility – is nearly up, and that the last day to take a ride on one of […]

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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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The State of Alternative Transportation in Columbus

Brent Warren Brent Warren The State of Alternative Transportation in Columbus

Over the course of the last five years, there has been a lot of transportation news in Columbus. CoGo bike share arrived in 2013 and was the first of what would be several new mobility options, including Zagster bike share at OSU, Lyft (which came, left, and then came back), Uber, Lime dockless bikes, and, […]

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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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URBAN LIVING TOUR 2020

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