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Bruce Hull at his offices at the Ohio Department of Transportation in Columbus.
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If your summer travel plans involve traveling through Ohio and you're still a fan of paper maps, it's time you meet Bruce Hull.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is removing a few orange barrels from the roadways ahead of the holiday weekend. ODOT spokesman Matt Bruning says it's an effort to reduce congestion.

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Starting Monday, Ohioans will be paying more at the pump.

Semi-trailers zoom by on I-71 near MAPFRE Stadium as Joel Hunt points to a patch of milkweed, adored by monarch butterflies. It's flanked by Oxeye Sunflowers and Ohio Spiderworts, which share the same purpose: bringing in pollinators.

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A coalition of groups that advocates for low-income Ohioans says the state has made considerable progress in the effort to reduce poverty, but there is much more work to be done.

An Akron woman who’s founded youth programs is taking another step to help her community.

Sheri Yearian has been named an Emerging Cities Champion fellow by the Knight Foundation and 8 80 Cities.

She’ll receive funding to promote cycling by adding more bike racks in the Kenmore area and a bike repair stand.

A passenger waits for a Delta flight at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport on Friday, June 7, 2019.
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A line of passengers clutching suitcases and travel pillows form the TSA security line on a Friday morning at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport. They unload bags, pass through security and disperse throughout the airport – getting drinks, popping in headphones and settling into thin leather seats outside their gates.

Elderly Dublin residents wait to get into a SHARE shuttle being piloted by the city.
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On a sunny Friday morning, Ron McConnell places a step in front of his shuttle. He holds seniors’ hands one by one as they carefully climb off and ready their shopping bags.

The Transportation Union of America stands in front of a bus stop on North Third Street to protest autonomous buses.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Fully autonomous city buses might be years away, but the coalition People Before Robots is already voicing concerns about safety and jobs.  The statewide group met Thursday night in Linden.

Driverless shuttles debuted in Columbus in December 2018 as part of the Smart Columbus grant.
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On Cleveland Avenue, the a main corridor of the Linden neighborhood, cars and emergency vehicles whiz through at all hours. But many people in Linden don’t have cars.

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

It's about to get more expensive to register your vehicle in Columbus.

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Ahead of Uber's initial public offering, drivers for Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing companies went on strike Wednesday, turning off the apps as they flex their collective muscles to say: What about us?

Drivers in 10 cities across the country took action Wednesday to draw attention to what they say are decreasing wages for drivers and a distressing lack of job security — and some are calling on passengers to temporarily boycott the ride-hailing services, too.

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Columbus is growing at a rapid rate: By 2050, the city is predicted to have a population of 3 million people. City leaders and others formed a public-private partnership to study how they can best prepare the city for that growth.

You could ride in a flying car as early as 2023 as long as you have the nerve and the money. Uber appears to be leading the pack of about a dozen developers. Research is also happening in Greater Cincinnati. UC students are designing their own model and hope to win $1 million in a competition.

A New Flyer Xcelsior bus seen at the 2008 American Public Transportation Association expo in San Diego, Calif.
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COTA has begun rolling out more environmentally-friendly New Flyer buses, which feature USB charging ports at every seats and better accomodations for riders with disabilities.

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