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COTA Approves Transit Plan, Starts Search for New Leader

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Approves Transit Plan, Starts Search for New Leader

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) Board of Trustees accepted the final NextGen report at its meeting yesterday, approving a broad vision for the future of the region’s public transportation that includes recommendations for a series of “high capacity transit corridors.” Exactly how that plan is implemented — and how strongly COTA pushes for options […]

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Video: The Cincinnati Streetcar

Walker Evans Walker Evans

This Friday, the City of Cincinnati launches its first Streetcar Line, connecting The Banks on the Riverfront with Over-the-Rhine and all points in between. Officially known as the “Cincinnati Bell Connector” due to a naming rights sponsorship from Cincinnati Bell, the 18-stop line will service residents, workers and visitors in the Downtown core of the […]

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First Look: Streetcar Launches in Cincinnati

Walker Evans Walker Evans First Look: Streetcar Launches in Cincinnati

This Friday, the City of Cincinnati launches its first Streetcar Line, connecting The Banks on the Riverfront with Over-the-Rhine and all points in between. Officially known as the “Cincinnati Bell Connector” due to a naming rights sponsorship from Cincinnati Bell, the 18-stop line will service residents, workers and visitors in the Downtown core of the […]

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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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Light Rail in Columbus? OSU Class Gets Conversation Started Again

Brent Warren Brent Warren Light Rail in Columbus? OSU Class Gets Conversation Started Again

An OSU urban planning class has made the latest splash in what seems like a never-ending discussion in Columbus – should we add rail transit to our expanding list of alternative transportation options? With new streetcar lines under construction in Cincinnati, Kansas City, San Antonio, and St. Louis, a light rail line being installed in […]

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How much is Columbus Missing Out on Without Rail Transit?

Walker Evans Walker Evans How much is Columbus Missing Out on Without Rail Transit?

Columbus has regularly been cited as the largest city in the United States with no passenger rail transit service of any kind at all. And yet, despite that fact, our city seems to be doing ok. Urban Analyst Aaron Renn has referred to Columbus as “The New Midwestern Star” and recently stated that Columbus has […]

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