transportation

highway in Columbus
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

The head of the Ohio Department of Transportation says the state is at a crossroads with policy on how to move people and products around safely and efficiently.

Sen. Sherrod Brown
Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

Two weeks after a deadly Pennsylvania crash that killed five people, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) continues to advocate for improved motorcoach safety.

The Transportation Security Administration is reminding airport travelers that it's fine to stuff carry-on bags with clothes and toiletries. Just don't pack any heat.

TSA announced that its officers seized 4,432 guns at checkpoints last year — the most in the agency's 18-year history. It also says that 87% of those guns (some 3,855) were loaded.

Smart Columbus self-driving shuttles are coming to Linden.
Smart Columbus

Columbus' Linden neighborhood is about to launch a residential, automated shuttle service which officials say is the first program of its kind in the country.

Xianming Shi first thought of using biotechnology to derive de-icer additives out of agricultural waste materials several years ago.
Washington State University

It's no secret that road salt is not very sustainable. States like Ohio are looking for greener alternatives, like "BEET HEET," a de-icer made with the vegetable.

A bipartisan bill in the Senate would offer incentives for electric vehicles by creating a $500 sales tax credit for purchase of an EV for personal use and higher tax credits for commercial use.

Mac Connor and a senior mechanic inspect one of the buses at COTA.
Rivet / WOSU

Some students like academic work and thrive in high school. For others, it’s a real drag.

One of those people is Mac Connor. When the 18-year-old talks about it, he does so in a short, matter-of-fact way.

Experts say local governments and entrepreneurs still have to answer many questions about proposed Hyperloops that promise to whiz passengers hundreds of miles in a matter of minutes though vacuum tubes.

The foremost of those questions: Will Hyperloop actually work?

“There’s a big difference between theory and reality,” said Harvey Miller, the director of the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at Ohio State University. “Even if it works on a test track in Nevada, will it scale to inter-city distances?”

A Lyft scooter in Austin, Texas. The scooters are leaving Columbus this week.
Tony Webster / Flickr

Starting Saturday, Lyft scooters will no longer be available in Columbus, just months after coming to the city. The company is also leaving Nashville and San Antonio.  

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

Central Ohio Transit Authority opens its new Customer Experience Center in downtown Columbus on Wednesday.

Just outside Durango, Colo., archeologist Rand Greubel stands on a mesa surrounded by juniper trees. He points to a circular hole in the ground, about 30 feet across and more than 8 feet deep. There's a fire pit in the center of an earthen floor, ventilation shafts tunneled into the side walls and bits of burned thatching that suggest how the structure once continued to rise above the ground. It's a large pit house from what's known as the Pueblo I period.

"We knew right away that it was highly significant just because of the sheer size of it," Greubel says.

Amazon Prime delivery trucks.
Todd Van Hoosear / Flickr

The city of Columbus announced a new program this week to help manage traffic flow around deliveries. It’s working with mobility company curbFlow to coordinate pickup and drop-off activity.

The Columbus Crossroads project, still under construction in downtown Columbus, will result in a redesigned split for I-70 and I-71.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

For the first time in several years, an Ohio Department of Transportation panel has voted to move forward on hundreds of millions of dollars in road construction projects.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is seeking feedback as it updates Access Ohio 2045. That's ODOT's long term transportation plan that guides policies and strategies.

gas pump
David Zalubowski / Associated Press

Ohio’s 10.5 cent gas tax increase from the state’s transportation budget has been in place for four months as of November 1.

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