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Local Leaders Pledge $90 Million to New Transportation Technology Fund

Walker Evans Walker Evans Local Leaders Pledge $90 Million to New Transportation Technology Fund

In March, Columbus was announced as one of seven finalists eligible for a $40 million federal transportation grant known as the ”Smart City Challenge”, which would be applied to implementing new transit technologies in the region. Last week, local leaders made their case for that funding in front of US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx during a special […]

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Columbus Makes Its Pitch for $40 Million “Smart City” Grant

Brent Warren Brent Warren Columbus Makes Its Pitch for $40 Million “Smart City” Grant

US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was in town yesterday to talk about the “Smart City Challenge,” a national competition that will award up to $40 million to the city judged to have the best ideas for utilizing technology to improve its transportation network. Columbus was one of seven cities named as finalists for the award […]

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Planning Underway for Downtown Bike Hub at Front and Long

Brent Warren Brent Warren Planning Underway for Downtown Bike Hub at Front and Long

Planning is underway by the City of Columbus on a bike hub that would be located on the first floor of the new city parking garage being built at the northwest corner of Front and Long streets downtown. The facility would be open to the public and would offer cyclists a place to store their […]

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COTA Launches New Airport-Downtown Bus Service Today

Walker Evans Walker Evans COTA Launches New Airport-Downtown Bus Service Today

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) has been making the news a lot over the span of the past week, with updates on the CBUS Circulator, the fall levy renewal, and real-time tracking technology going into effect this Friday. Another significant service update the for bus system arrived this morning when the new AirConnect route officially launched. The new […]

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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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