MORPC announces multi-million dollar rapid-speed transportation initiative

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission has announced a $2.5 million rapid-speed transportation initiative to explore intercity routes.

According to MORPC, the routes could utilize two rapid-speed transportation technology options, including a traditional passenger rail system and/or Hyperloop technology , between Chicago, Columbus and Pittsburgh.

MORPC will conduct two studies as part of this initiative: a feasibility study of Hyperloop technology for the corridor, followed by components of an environmental study of the corridor.

Multiple partners have verbally committed financial resources to the initiative including the city of Columbus ($250,000), Ohio and Indiana rail partners including MORPC, Union County, and the cities of Marysville and Lima ($500,000). Additionally, support from other private partners and Virgin Hyperloop One is anticipated but yet to be determined.

“We are excited to partner with leading public and private organizations on the future of rapid-speed transportation here in Central Ohio,” said MORPC Executive Director William Murdock.  “Being in one of the fastest growing regions in the Midwest and with the potential to add up to 1 million people by 2050, we are taking the next steps in exploring the best transportation options for both passengers and freight that will better connect Columbus to Chicago and Pittsburgh.”

Midwest Connect, spearheaded by MORPC and other regional partners, was...

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