Thursday, August 03, 2006

OHIOHUB.COM IS LIVE: "The light at the end of the tunnel might be a train."

For Immediate Release:

The Ohio Hub Website ... ... is now officially on line, as are the Power-Point Presentations from our recent Ohio Hub Station Development Workshop.
Hope you enjoy it and stand by for more new things in the coming weeks.

Stu Nicholson
Public Information Officer
Ohio Rail Development Commission
50 West Broad Street
15th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215

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High Speed Rail Arrives on the Web
Ohio Hub Debuts New Logo & Website

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Stu Nicholson

(Columbus / August 3, 2006) --The concept of fast trains needs a fast message in a wi-fi world. Now you can get on track and up to speed with the state’s major passenger and freight rail plan through the first-ever website dedicated to the Ohio Hub Plan: .

As it advances through the planning process, it was decided that the Ohio Hub Plan needed both its own identity and a strong presence on the Internet. The design firm of Neil Motts & Associates developed a stylized high speed train logo that looks like it’s flying without leaving the ground. That logo is now part of the Ohio Hub letterhead as seen above. The design team also developed the website, which includes an animated home page.

Now, you can get on board with a click to see the latest planning updates, maps, meeting information and even an Ohio Hub video. also offers downloads of the plan itself, as well as Power-Point presentations on both the Hub Plan and by visiting experts in the field of passenger & freight rail development.

The website made its debut at the July 14th ORDC “Ohio Hub Station Development Workshop” and was well received by the over 80 invited guests from all over Ohio and four neighboring states. Among the attendees were representatives of city and county planning departments, metropolitan planning organizations, mayors, land use officials, transit authorities, engineering consultants and transportation choice advocates. The aim is to get community leaders and planning officials to begin thinking ahead about not only where Ohio Hub trains could make station stops, but if they are ready for the kind of rail-oriented development that grows around stations and along rail corridors.

Among the featured speakers were Scott Bernstein (President / Center for Neighborhood Technology), Patricia Douglas (Executive Director / Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority), Alex Metcalf (President / Transportation Economics & Management Systems), Phil Hanegraaf (VP / HNTB) and James Seney (Executive Director / Ohio Rail Development Commission). All of their presentations can now be accessed at .