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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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Federal Funds Directed Toward Two Transit Corridor Projects

Brent Warren Brent Warren Federal Funds Directed Toward Two Transit Corridor Projects

The first two transit corridors planned under the LinkUs initiative have made it onto a list of projects that will receive federal funding within the next four years. The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) maintains the list – called the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) – and announced last week that both the Northwest corridor and […]

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COTA Update: Free Fares Continue, C-Pass Extended and More

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Update: Free Fares Continue, C-Pass Extended and More

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) continues to make adjustments to its schedule and operations, nearly eight months after the agency’s first pandemic-related service cuts. After another round of service changes in September, COTA has now restored service to 78% of its pre-COVID routes, according to a presentation given during a virtual public meeting earlier […]

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Interview: All Things Hyperloop and Passenger Rail with Thea Ewing

Brent Warren Brent Warren Interview: All Things Hyperloop and Passenger Rail with Thea Ewing

For a technology that is still under development and has not been proven to work in anything close to a full-scale setting, the Hyperloop continues to get a lot of attention, particularly in Columbus. There has been a steady stream of news and announcements about the idea since early 2017, when a route including Chicago, […]

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The Confluence Cast: Behind the Hyperloop Hype

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: Behind the Hyperloop Hype

When is Columbus getting a Hyperloop?! CU Reporter Brent Warren spoke with MORPC’s Director of Transportation & Infrastructure Development, Thea Ewing, to discuss where things stand with plans for the Hyperloop, what’s holding Columbus back from having mass transit, and the importance of redundancies in technology; including transportation. Shownotes for this episode Connect with the […]

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State Auto Lot Approved After Mural Taken Down, Garage Plan Dropped

Brent Warren Brent Warren State Auto Lot Approved After Mural Taken Down, Garage Plan Dropped

The Downtown Commission yesterday approved a plan from State Auto Insurance to build a new surface parking lot and plaza behind the company’s headquarters at 518 E. Broad St. In May of 2019, the commission had voted to approve a new, four-story parking garage on the site. In order to build the garage, State Auto […]

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CU Live: Transportation Advocacy in Columbus

Walker Evans Walker Evans CU Live: Transportation Advocacy in Columbus

Transportation is an important part of how we live. Whether it’s your work commute, your daily errands, or casual travel to recreational destinations, the way to get from point A to point B factors into nearly every decision you make every day. And while the majority of Central Ohioans make most of their trips by […]

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