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COTA to Roll Out Real-time Tracking Next Week

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA to Roll Out Real-time Tracking Next Week

COTA plans to roll out real-time tracking at the end of next week, a feature that will allow riders to use a smart phone to see where their bus is for the first time. “On Friday, May 6, COTA will begin providing real-time information to customers through Transit App,” said COTA Public and Media Relations […]

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Crumbling Marconi Parking Garage Announces Closure

Walker Evans Walker Evans Crumbling Marconi Parking Garage Announces Closure

The parking deck located at 170 Marconi Boulevard has been rapidly deteriorating in recent years, and monthly permit parking customers were informed this morning that the garage will be ceasing operations as soon as May 31st. The letter issued to customers reads as follows: Due to circumstances beyond our control, we regret to inform you […]

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Franklin Park Conservatory Getting Major Update

Walker Evans Walker Evans Franklin Park Conservatory Getting Major Update

The Franklin Park Conservatory is getting a major facelift this year, and construction is already under way. Executive Director Bruce Harkey presented an update to stakeholders at an annual meeting this evening, providing new details on the project. “When you think about the entrance to the building, it’s not the most welcoming entrance,” said Harkey […]

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Upper Arlington Gateway Project Gets Design Revisions

Walker Evans Walker Evans Upper Arlington Gateway Project Gets Design Revisions

A plan to bring a new seven-story building to Lane Avenue in Upper Arlington has gone through several proposal iterations over the past several months, and the developer of the project — Scott Patton of Arcadia Development — is looking to bring a new version back for review in June. The updated project features a […]

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COTA Placing Levy Renewal on November Ballot

Walker Evans Walker Evans COTA Placing Levy Renewal on November Ballot

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) announced yesterday that it will be placing a levy renewal on the November 8th general ballot this fall. The levy asks voters to renew COTA’s quarter-percent sales and use tax, which is otherwise set to expire on March 31st in 2017. “In order for COTA to maintain the level […]

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CBUS Circulator to Remain Free To Ride Through April 2017

Walker Evans Walker Evans CBUS Circulator to Remain Free To Ride Through April 2017

Earlier today, the Board of  Trustees at the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) cast their votes in favor of extending free fares for another year aboard the CBUS Circulator route. The bus — which shuttles riders between Downtown, the Short North and German Village — has served over one million riders since its launch in […]

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Urban Living Tour Returns on May 15th

Leanne Williams Leanne Williams Urban Living Tour Returns on May 15th

Columbus Underground is excited to announce the third annual Urban Living Tour, an event featuring urban living options and opportunities in Downtown Columbus and its surrounding neighborhoods. The Urban Living Tour has grown rapidly over its first two years, with over a thousand participants collectively. It returns this year on Sunday, May 15th from 9am […]

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