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Study Asks: How Will Driverless Cars Change Downtown Columbus?

Brent Warren Brent Warren Study Asks: How Will Driverless Cars Change Downtown Columbus?

The 2016 Smart City Challenge win put Columbus at the forefront of a national conversation about autonomous vehicles, and plenty of people have since weighed in with opinions about what the technology will mean for the future of cities. A group of City and Regional Planning students at OSU recently studied the issue for a studio […]

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First BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) Line in Columbus Launches on Monday

Brent Warren Brent Warren First BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) Line in Columbus Launches on Monday

New Year’s Day will mark the start of service for the CMAX, the first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line to be developed by the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA). Rides will be free on the line – which features specially-branded buses that run up and down Cleveland Avenue – for the first week of its […]

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COTA to Interview Four Candidates for CEO Post

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA to Interview Four Candidates for CEO Post

Four candidates will be interviewed to be the next CEO of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA). A CEO selection committee was formed last summer after Curtis Stitt announced that he would be retiring in September. The committee, led by COTA board member Trudy Bartley, will conduct the interviews over the course of the next month […]

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Changes Made to Lineup of Smart Columbus Projects

Brent Warren Brent Warren Changes Made to Lineup of Smart Columbus Projects

Changes have been made to the blueprint that has guided the city and its private sector partners since Columbus won the Smart City Challenge in June of 2016. The original list of 15 Smart Columbus projects funded by the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has been revised, with four of the projects being dropped all […]

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COTA Will Not Raise Fares in 2018

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Will Not Raise Fares in 2018

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) announced today that there will be no increase in fares in 2018. The COTA Board of Trustees had originally been scheduled to vote on the issue this morning, but it did not make it onto the agenda. Interim President/CEO Emille Williams announced during his report to the board that […]

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Opinion: Transit Columbus Weighs in on Potential COTA Fare Increase

Elissa Schneider Elissa Schneider Opinion: Transit Columbus Weighs in on Potential COTA Fare Increase

Editor’s Note: The Board of Trustees of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) will vote tomorrow on a proposal to increase fares in 2018. Columbus Underground reached out to the advocacy group Transit Columbus for a statement on the potential fare increase.  It’s hard because it’s important Recently, public meetings took place regarding proposed COTA fare adjustments which would be […]

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COTA Rolling Out New Fareboxes, Mobile Payment Coming Soon

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Rolling Out New Fareboxes, Mobile Payment Coming Soon

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is testing out a new farebox that will allow riders to pay for a bus ride with their cell phone. The new boxes will be on all buses before the end of the year, which is also the time-table for rolling out the mobile payment capability. Here’s how it […]

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