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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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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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Local Transit Start-up Working on Real-Time Tracking App, On-Board Payment Idea

Brent Warren Brent Warren Local Transit Start-up Working on Real-Time Tracking App, On-Board Payment Idea

A local start-up has set its sites on two of the most vexing problems facing its local transit agency – real-time tracking and convenient on-board payment. Omnibus, a group of developers and entrepreneurs formed at this year’s Give Back Hack event, is bullish on the potential of their app to offer an easy, visually-friendly way […]

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Big Ideas for Transit Laid Out in New Framework Plan

Walker Evans Walker Evans Big Ideas for Transit Laid Out in New Framework Plan

If you want to sit around and wait for a train in Columbus, you could be waiting for a long time. Local planner and transit enthusiast JM Rayburn got tired of waiting though, and decided to launch a project that could spark change with how Central Ohioans think about transit systems. The culmination of that […]

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Next Phase of Interstate 70/71 Construction Delayed Until 2018

Walker Evans Walker Evans Next Phase of Interstate 70/71 Construction Delayed Until 2018

The next phase of the multi-part Interstate 70/71 “Columbus Crossroads” construction project has officially been pushed back another year to 2018, according to officials at the Ohio Department of Transportation. This phase, known as the “Project 2D — East Interchange” includes the highway intersection where I-71 and I-70 meet on the southeast side of Downtown […]

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April Fools: Columbus Streetcar Project Relaunched with Kickstarter Campaign

Walker Evans Walker Evans April Fools: Columbus Streetcar Project Relaunched with Kickstarter Campaign

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther officially announced today that the long-dormant High Street Streetcar project is officially back on track. The project was shelved several years ago during the national recession when a plan to fund the project never materialized. Today, city and county officials are expected to gather at City Hall to announce an innovative […]

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