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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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With Focus on New Technologies, is Push for Rail in Columbus Losing Steam?

Brent Warren Brent Warren With Focus on New Technologies, is Push for Rail in Columbus Losing Steam?

Ask anyone involved in Columbus’ successful Smart City bid, and they will say that it was an extraordinary group effort – the region’s business, political and institutional leaders “stacked hands” to demonstrate a level of support for actually carrying out the high-tech ideas laid out in the application that was unmatched by any other city. Nothing […]

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COTA Looking for Help in Picking Best Corridors for Light Rail or Streetcars

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Looking for Help in Picking Best Corridors for Light Rail or Streetcars

There is no shortage of opinions in Columbus about whether rail should be a part of our future transit network, and the Central Ohio Transit Authority, with it’s ongoing NextGen process, is very methodically working toward an official recommendation on that front. However, before any decisions are made about what type of “premium transit” is […]

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Charlotte to Columbus: Investing in Transit Key to Growth

Brent Warren Brent Warren Charlotte to Columbus: Investing in Transit Key to Growth

Charlotte, North Carolina opened its first light rail line in November of 2007, a nine-mile stretch of rail extending south from downtown on which ridership soon soared. Work is now underway on extending that line another 12 miles to the north – connecting downtown to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte – while work […]

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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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Streetcar Conversation Restarted at Columbus Metro Club

Walker Evans Walker Evans Streetcar Conversation Restarted at Columbus Metro Club

John Carroll has been described as the “father” of the Portland Streetcar, the “sultan” of the Portland Streetcar and several other lavish titles. He humbly laughs these phrases off when brought up in conversation, but one thing is certain — he has been around since the project was first started. “In 1990, a Portland Councilmember […]

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History Lesson: A tale of two trolley barns

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: A tale of two trolley barns

Many of the readers of Columbus Underground are incredibly interested in bringing alternative forms of public transportation to Columbus – specifically street cars and light rail. To get a sense of how the trolleys were connected into the very fabric of our daily lives a hundred plus years ago, it may be of interest to […]

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