MORPC to Present Findings of the RSTI Studies to Central Ohio

September 26, 2019
Studies include passenger rail and hyperloop technologies

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) will present initial findings of the Rapid Speed Transportation Initiative (RSTI) at public meetings in Central and Northwest Ohio.

RSTI is an initiative that focuses on better, faster connections to Chicago and Pittsburgh. The RSTI looks at two transportation options, traditional rail and Hyperloop, that would not only enhance passenger and freight transportation in the Midwest, but also spur economic growth, generate opportunities for development, and create radically new opportunities for people and businesses in the Midwest megaregion. The RSTI studies have specifically examined a corridor connecting Columbus with Chicago, Illinois (via Lima, Ohio and Fort Wayne, Indiana) and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“This is an eventful time for Ohio when it comes to transportation innovation and visionary leadership.  We are pleased to share our initial findings from the RSTI studies and gather additional input and feedback from the public and local officials,” said Thea Walsh, MORPC Director of Transportation & Infrastructure Development. “Improving the connectivity of our region to Chicago and Pittsburgh will open up new opportunity for economic growth and prosperity in Central Ohio and across the Midwest.”

The findings from the study of the two options will provide a framework to further understand the social, environmental, economic benefits, and impacts to modern transportation technologies. The results are just the initial steps in moving forward with these projects.

The results of the studies will be presented at:

  • Dublin City Council, October 7 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Lima City Council Chambers, October 9 @ 5:00 p.m.
  • Marysville City Council, October 14 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Union County Commissioners & Marysville Economic Development Chamber of Commerce, October 17 @ 8 a.m.
  • Lima-Allen County Regional Planning Commission, October 24 @ 3 p.m.
  • Smart Columbus, November 1 @ 12:45 p.m.

Additional presentations are being scheduled throughout Central Ohio. Visit RSTI to learn more.

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