Several weeks ago, The Central Ohio Transit Authority announced that they had big plans for expansion in 2011, which includes expanded service hours and bus frequency on existing lines, plus the possibility of new lines including a “hospital shuttle” circulating between various health centers, and the development of an improved rapid transit line along Cleveland Avenue.
An article in today’s Dispatch provides more detail on the study that COTA is conducting on a Cleveland Avenue BRT system, the type of development it could bring, and the routes that this service might take.
The study is scheduled to take 16 months, so this service won’t be rolling out in the immediate future. Until then, there are a few things up for debate:
- Should a BRT line on Cleveland Avenue run on dedicated bus-only lanes, or mix with other traffic?
- Should the BRT line terminate in Westerville or at Easton?
- Should BRT riders board from the sidewalk or from a median platform in the middle of the street?
- What other type of infrastructure is appropriate for the various neighborhoods located along Cleveland Avenue?
Some additional food for thought comes from the similar project recently completed in Cleveland, Ohio, along Euclid Avenue. Dubbed “The HealthLine”, this Bus Rapid Transit system opened in October 2008, and has many of the types of features being explored for a BRT system here in Columbus. Below is a user-made video about the HealthLine: