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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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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 Confluence Cast: MORPC’s William Murdock

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: MORPC’s William Murdock

Is Columbus ever going to get light rail? Is that what Columbus really needs? Reporter Brent Warren sat down with Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission Executive Director William Murdock to discuss the work that MORPC does, where the region is going, the difference between developing a plan and implementing it, and how to ignite the conversation […]

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Columbus Region to Grow to 3 Million Residents by 2050

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Region to Grow to 3 Million Residents by 2050

When the Insight2050 study was first unveiled way back in 2014 by the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), local planners projected that the Columbus region was on track to add another 500,000 people to its population by the year 2050. An update today confirms that the original projections were a little too conservative — we’re […]

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Proposal for Hyperloop Between Chicago and Columbus Receives a Boost From Startup

Brent Warren Brent Warren Proposal for Hyperloop Between Chicago and Columbus Receives a Boost From Startup

A proposal from the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission to build a hyperloop from Chicago to Pittsburgh (with a stop in Columbus) received a boost from a startup looking to build the first prototype of the futuristic transportation idea. Hyperloop One is a Los Angeles-based company that is researching the technology, which it describes as […]

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Initial Planning Starts for Rail Corridor to Chicago, Columbus Not Part of Effort

Brent Warren Brent Warren Initial Planning Starts for Rail Corridor to Chicago, Columbus Not Part of Effort

The plan to build a high-speed rail corridor connecting Columbus and Chicago took a small step forward yesterday, although Columbus’ level of involvement in the project is in question. A coalition of local jurisdictions, businesses and foundations – all located west of Lima, Ohio, and mostly clustered in the Fort Wayne area – have come […]

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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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