Driving Electric

Dec 29, 2014

“Electricity is the thing ... no whirring and grinding gears …  no water-circulating system to get out of order — no dangerous and evil-smelling gasoline and no noise.”  That’s what Thomas Edison said about electric cars over a century ago.  University of Dayton professor Bob Brecha and some of his colleagues have been taking this to heart.  Here’s Bob with some thoughts on driving electric.

Chrysler Reiterates Challenge For Ohio Jeep Plant

Oct 9, 2014

Ohio's governor office says Chrysler insists that continuing to build the Jeep Wrangler in the state will be a challenge.
The automaker is considering moving production of the Wrangler out of Toledo so it can be constructed with an aluminum body to meet new government gas-mileage standards.
Chrysler says revamping the Wrangler plant in Toledo would be too costly.
 A group led by Toledo's mayor along with Ohio officials met with Chrysler officials Thursday.

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The city of Dayton has become the latest front in the legal assault on traffic cameras in Ohio.

Attorneys representing drivers filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Montgomery County. Dayton attorney Tom Manning was joined by the Cincinnati-based firm of Michael K. Allen & Associates, which has won court rulings against camera use in the southwest Ohio villages of New Miami and Elmwood Place. 

Communities that need money for local transportation projects are in luck.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is providing 16 million dollars to local communities for transportation improvements.  During the next few months, ODOT will work with local communities to come up with funding needs for two programs – one for small cites, the other to replace local bridges.  About 8 million dollars will go to each program.

Four public transit systems serving parts of southwest Ohio are grappling with how to best meet the needs of their patrons.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the four systems in the Dayton area are experiencing growth challenges because of uncertain funding, a need to extend service or increased ridership.

The systems include the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority, Greene CATS Public Transit, Miami County Public Transit and Warren County Public Transit. They provide more than 11.8 million one-way rides annually. The combined cost for the bus rides is $67.1 million.

July Third is one of the biggest travel days of the year and there’s good news and bad news for Ohio motorists.

Monday’s sudden snowfall is to blame for several traffic pileups on the highways in southwest Ohio and as WYSO’s Emily McCord reports the cold weather can also contribute to hazardous driving conditions.

The development of the railroad system in America was instrumental in the expansion of the nation that took place during the 19th Century. Without the railroads things might have turned out rather differently.

Christian Wolmar has written extensively about railroads. In "The Great Railroad Revolution," Wolmar's scintillating history of the development of the railroad system in America, readers will discover how this crucial expansion of railroads took place.

Federal officials have estimated damage caused by a train derailment and explosion in central Ohio this month to be about $1.2 million.

The estimated cost was part of a brief preliminary report released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The agency is looking into what caused the July 11 derailment on Norfolk Southern Corp. tracks north of downtown Columbus.

The accident derailed 17 cars and caused a fire that burned for hours. Two people suffered minor injuries.

The National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate the train derailment in Columbus yesterday. Most of the people who were evacuated yesterday have returned to their homes.

National Transportation Safety Board Member Earl Waynur says the train appeared to have a clear signal when it went into the area where cars derailed.  And Waynur says preliminary reports show speed was not a factor.