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Cleveland is studying the possibility of building a high-speed transportation link to Chicago. Supporters say the proposed Hyperloop would open up new jobs to Northeast Ohioans. But some local transit riders and advocates wonder if it’s the best way to spend limited transportation dollars.

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Spring has arrived, though it may not feel like it, and constructions crews are rolling out all around Ohio to begin nearly 1,000 road improvement projects. The Ohio Department of Transportation is touting this as a big year to improve connectivity.

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A self-driving car operated by Uber struck and killed a pedestrian who was walking her bicycle in Tempe, Ariz., Sunday night. The incident could be the first pedestrian death involving a self-driving vehicle.

The car was in autonomous mode but had a human riding along to take control of the vehicle if necessary, according to the Tempe Police Department. The victim, 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, was struck while walking outside a crosswalk, police said. She was immediately transported to a local hospital, where she died.

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The Central Ohio Transit Authority has a new leader: Joanna Pinkerton.

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The Columbus City Council has eliminated a cap on taxi licenses, despite a seeming lack of demand.

Could travelers one day climb into pods and zip through vacuum tubes between Cleveland and Chicago at hundreds of miles an hour?

Regional transportation planners will study whether a Hyperloop is feasible here, though the technology hasn’t been fully developed.

It’s not the first time Cleveland has explored an ambitious transportation project. Hyperloop is up against a long history of transit dreams that never came true.

The Cleveland Foundation will pitch in to study whether a Cleveland-to-Chicago Hyperloop route is feasible.

The foundation is giving $200,000 to help with the study by the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency and California-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies.

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency is holding a public meeting Monday on its plans to build a high-tech, high-speed link between Cleveland and Chicago. NOACA plans to fund up to half of a $1.2 million feasibility study for the hyperloop project.

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Could the Hyperloop pipe dream become a reality? Officials in Columbus and around the region are pitching in money to find out.

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

Northeast Ohio is getting in on the latest craze in new transportation technology – the hyperloop. Under a new proposal, a hyperloop route between Cleveland and Chicago would take just 28 minutes.

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