transportation

Streetcar in Cincinnati
BILL RINEHART / WVXU

State officials say $105 million in grants is going to public transit systems across Ohio.

A recovery vehicle moves a sled down a track after a test of a Hyperloop One propulsion system, Wednesday, May 11, 2016, in North Las Vegas, Nev.
John Locher / Associated Press

A proposed Hyperloop line connecting Central Ohio to Chicago and Pittsburgh could be shovel-ready within the next decade, but the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission says it does not have estimates on how much the project would cost.

Cecily King, right, and her daughter Odessa hang a sign that says "If You're Going Through Hell Keep Going" over a Columbus highway.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

You are enough. You are valuable. You are worthy.

Mantras like these have been appearing on highway overpasses and bridges across Columbus over the last few months.

A COTA bus stop in downtown Columbus.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

People riding Central Ohio Transit Authority buses can now pay without cash, thanks to the launch of a new mobile payment option called "Connector."

Starting Oct. 1, 2020, when the REAL ID law takes effect, if you plan to fly anywhere in the United States, the driver's license you show to security is probably going to need to have a star at the top. Essentially an enhanced driver's license, it will be required at the airport gate, unless you have another accepted form of ID. And officials are worried that one year out, many people don't yet have one.

COTA

For the first time, the Central Ohio Transit Authority will offer free bus fares for all customers on Election Day.

Rev. Meredith McDougle (center) with the new Hilltop Circulator.
Nick Evans / WOSU

In a past life, as registrar of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Columbus City Council member Mitchell Brown says he got a keen understanding of the challenges aging Ohioans face.

no parking tow zone sign
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A new lawsuit accuses Westerville-based Shamrock Towing of illegally towing thousands of vehicles since 2015.

A recovery vehicle moves a sled down a track after a test of a Hyperloop One propulsion system, Wednesday, May 11, 2016, in North Las Vegas, Nev.
John Locher / Associated Press

Statehouse visitors on Monday will get a first look at the XP-1, a prototype of the vehicle Virgin expects to use in Hyperloop systems like the one proposed for Columbus. It's the hyperloop's second stop in Columbus, after appearing in front of COSI on Sunday.

Sam Hendren

A pair of Republican senators want to keep requiring Ohio vehicles to have front license plates. A new provision that drops that requirement goes into effect next year, so the lawmakers say they still have time to fight the change.

COTA Plus is an on-demand, app-based shuttle service set to start in Grove City.
COTA

The Central Ohio Transit Authority launches its first on-demand, app-based service in Grove City on Monday.

The I-70/I-71 interchange will be getting a major redo in the coming years.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Ohio’s legislature has assembled a bipartisan working group to study how to improve the state's infrastructure.

A styrofoam car used for simulations at the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

East Liberty's Transportation Research Center celebrated the opening of a new $45 million SMARTCenter to test automated cars in real-world environments.

Amtrak pulling out of Chicago's coach yard and maintenance facility.
Loco Steve / Flickr

Train travel may seem like an outdated mode of transportation to some, but it still has many advocates. Countries in Europe and Asia continue to invest in train infrastructure while support in the U.S. has faltered. Many cities, including Columbus, no longer have passenger rail service at all.

In this Dec. 16, 2014, file photo, a truck passes a red light photo enforcement sign that is placed below a red light camera at the intersection of Route 1 and Franklin Corner Road in Lawrence Township, N.J.
Mel Evans / Associated Press

While the new statewide gas tax went into effect on Monday, there are more rules in the transportation budget that go into effect July 3. Restrictions on red light cameras are among them.

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