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Project Update: Smart Columbus in 2021 And Beyond

Walker Evans Walker Evans Project Update: Smart Columbus in 2021 And Beyond

It’s been nearly five full years since Columbus was declared the winner of the Smart City challenge and awarded $50 million from the US Department of Transportation and Vulcan, Inc. While some of the projects completed over the past half-decade have been fairly prominent, many others have occurred behind the scenes. “There’s a number of […]

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Parking and Transit Apps Get Upgrades as Smart Columbus Projects Wind Down

Brent Warren Brent Warren Parking and Transit Apps Get Upgrades as Smart Columbus Projects Wind Down

Columbus won the US Department of Transportation’s Smart City challenge in 2016, unlocking $40 million in federal grant money and a $10 million grant from Paul Allen’s Vulcan, Inc. Now, with the four-year initiative set to wind down, some of the projects funded by that money will end completely, some will continue with different funding sources, […]

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The Confluence Cast: Cleve Ricksecker

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: Cleve Ricksecker

With the threat of protests and the coronavirus raging, what’s going to happen to Downtown Columbus? On the occasion of his recent retirement, we spoke with the former executive director of the two Downtown special improvement districts, Cleve Ricksecker, about the state of Downtown, why he retired, and why Columbus needs a screamer. Shownotes for […]

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Drivers Wanted for Smart Columbus Connected Vehicle Study

Brent Warren Brent Warren Drivers Wanted for Smart Columbus Connected Vehicle Study

Officials from Smart Columbus provided an update this week on three projects that are currently moving forward in Linden, putting out a call for volunteers to assist with one of them. The organization is actively seeking drivers – people who regularly use Cleveland Avenue in Linden, as well as parts of North High Street and […]

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Linden Shuttle Cleared to Operate, But No Date Set for Return

Brent Warren Brent Warren Linden Shuttle Cleared to Operate, But No Date Set for Return

The EasyMile shuttles that were barred from operating nationwide after an incident in Linden last February are now cleared to run again, but don’t expect to see the self-driving vehicles back on local streets any time soon. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced late last week that they had approved the company’s return-to-service plan […]

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Agency Shuts Down Self-Driving Shuttles After Linden Incident

Brent Warren Brent Warren Agency Shuts Down Self-Driving Shuttles After Linden Incident

Editor’s Note (2/27/20, 9:43 a.m.): this article was updated to include more information from Smart Columbus. A February 20 incident in which a self-driving shuttle in Linden stopped suddenly has led to the vehicles being taken off the road, not only in Columbus but in 15 other cities around the country. Two shuttles began running […]

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New Station Downtown Offers Fast Charge for Electric Vehicles

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Station Downtown Offers Fast Charge for Electric Vehicles

A new charging station was installed earlier this week that will offer drivers of electric vehicles in Columbus a fast-charge, curbside option for the first time. The new station, located at 174 E. Fulton St. downtown, features public art designed by students of the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD). On hand at a […]

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