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The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency is beginning work on a long-range plan to improve transportation and regional connectivity.

The plan aims to strengthen regional transportation across five counties: Cuyahoga, Lorain, Lake, Geauga and Medina. NOACA Executive Director Grace Gallucci said the agency is gathering input to determine what the priorities should be.

“From Amish buggy trails to hyperloop, our region has a lot of opportunity and needs to have a lot of discussion about what we need and what we want over the next 20 years,” Gallucci said.

Experts say local governments and entrepreneurs still have to answer many questions about proposed Hyperloops that promise to whiz passengers hundreds of miles in a matter of minutes though vacuum tubes.

The foremost of those questions: Will Hyperloop actually work?

“There’s a big difference between theory and reality,” said Harvey Miller, the director of the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at Ohio State University. “Even if it works on a test track in Nevada, will it scale to inter-city distances?”

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, Nov. 19:

Amid Hyperloop Hype, Transit Troubles Remain

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Cleveland is studying the possibility of building a high-speed transportation link to Chicago. Supporters say the proposed Hyperloop would open up new jobs to Northeast Ohioans. But some local transit riders and advocates wonder if it’s the best way to spend limited transportation dollars.

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, Feb. 27:

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Ohio senators have passed a resolution unanimously supporting the effort to bring a super-high speed transportation system to connect Columbus with Pittsburgh on the east and Chicago on the west.