Chicago in minutes? Columbus to release more details on Hyperloop

Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 10:22 AM

Hyperloop: Futuristic travel

A major announcement on a Hyperloop high-speed transportation network in Columbus is in the works.

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission is ready to release “the first step” of the proposed project through a “major announcement,” Thea Walsh, the commission’s director of transportation and funding told The Columbus Dispatch. An announcement could come some time during the week of Feb. 19.

Walsh said that she could not provide any details about what the announcement might include. She told The Dispatch that commission officials took a trip to in January to Hyperloop’s first concept — called DevLoop — in Nevada.

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In September, Columbus was named one of 10 international finalists to house Hyperloop One, the high-speed transportation network.

Hyperloop One is a worldwide challenge to create a transportation system that moves both people and products quickly.

The Hyperloop transports pods of people and goods through a tube — traveling 671 miles per hour.

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The pods could travel from Columbus to Chicago in 29 minutes. The pod could also travel to Pittsburgh from Columbus in 18 minutes.

The other finalists in the U.S. are: Dallas-Laredo-Houston; Cheyenne-Denver-Pueblo, and; Miami-Orlando. Non-U.S. finalists include Toronto-Montreal; Mexico City-Guadalajara; Edinburgh-London; Mumbai-Chennai, and; Bengaluru-Chennai.

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Heat, humidity, possible storms through Memorial Day

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:39 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 5:13 AM

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Warm and dry day
  • Few storms over the weekend
  • Hot and humid through Memorial Day

>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST:

TODAY: Clear skies this morning, and expect highs to soar into the mid-80s. Sunshine and a few clouds for the day with a very high UV Index with elevated tree and grass pollen counts. A Air Pollution Advisory is in effect today for Butler, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties. Overall dry day and night.

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SATURDAY: Some passing clouds with it being very warm and muggy. Highs peak in the upper 80s with a heat index around 90 degrees. Expect sunshine and a few clouds, but we could see a passing shower or storm during the day.

SUNDAY: A mostly dry day with sunshine and a few clouds. Warmer and still muggy with a heat index reaching the low 90s as the actual air temperature peaks around 90 degrees.  

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MEMORIAL DAY: Sunny and very warm and muggy with highs around 90 degrees. The heat index value reaches in the mid 90s. There’s a very low chance for a shower or storm with most areas being dry. Fun fact: The warmest Memorial Day on record is 95 degrees from 1895!

TUESDAY: A dry start with highs well above normal again. Highs reach in the upper 80s with sun and clouds. There’s a chance for an afternoon pop up storm. 

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Air Pollution Advisory in effect today

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:40 PM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:29 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about what this is and who is at risk!

An Air Pollution Advisory is in effect today for Butler, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties for smog.

With temperatures expected in the upper 80s with abundant sunshine and light southerly winds, conditions will be conducive for the formation of ground-level ozone, or smog, and may lead to elevated air pollution levels, according to the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency.

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Children, the elderly and people with respiratory diseases should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. Symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, or unusual fatigue may indicate a serious problem. Residents should contact their health care provider if any of these symptoms occur. The general public is not likely to be affected, according to the agency.

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To reduce smog, particularly on Air Pollution Advisory days: 

  • AVOID DRIVING IF POSSIBLE. Carpool or take the bus, or for short trips, walk or ride a bike. 
  • REFUEL YOUR VEHICLE AFTER 8 P.M., or if possible, don’t refuel at all when Air Pollution Advisory notices have been issued. Also, make sure your gas cap fits tightly. 
  • IF YOU MUST DRIVE, combine errands or delay them until the Air Pollution Advisory is lifted. 
  • DRIVE A CAR THAT IS WELL-TUNED. Avoid “jackrabbit” acceleration and excessive idling, especially at drive-through windows. 
  • AROUND THE HOME, limit use of small gasoline-powered equipment such as lawn mowers and trimmers. 
  • MOW YOUR LAWN AFTER 6 P.M. when the sunlight is not as strong and smog is less likely to form. 

For more information about air pollution, visit www.miamivalleyair.org for details and to register to receive “Air Pollution Advisories” via email.

In Butler and Warren counties, the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency monitors and reports air quality data as a public service.

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Coroner called to crash, car fire in Trotwood

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:04 AM

SCENE: Coroner responds to fiery crash in Trotwood

The Montgomery County Coroner has been requested to a fiery crash in Trotwood.

The crash was reported around 1:20 a.m. in the 5200 block of Little Richmond Road. Initial reports indicated one person was trapped in the car after the car crashed and caught fire.

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This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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1 ejected, 4 injured when car fleeing troopers loses control, overturns

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:45 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:46 AM

UPDATE @3:48 a.m.

Four people were injured, including one person who was ejected, when a car fleeing troopers lost control and overturned.

The pursuit started in the area of Shoup Mill Road near Riverside Drive when the car, which was clocked going 70 mph in a 45 mph zone, failed to stop for a trooper, said Ohio State Patrol Sgt. Brent Johnson.

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The car accelerated to approximately 90 mph, lost control, drove over the right side the roadway and overturned multiple times in the area of Needmore Road and Frederick Pike, less than a mile from where the pursuit started.

One person was ejected and all four occupants were injured, Johnson said. All were taken to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

It’s unknown why the car fled.

The driver will likely face fleeing and eluding charges.

FIRST REPORT

A vehicle that fled from troopers early Friday morning has crashed resulting in multiple injuries, according to reports.

The vehicle crashed in the area of Needmore Road and Frederick Pike around 2:30 a.m. Initial reports indicate the vehicle rolled multiple times, and as a many as four people may be injured.

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We’re on the way to the scene and will update this story with additional details.

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