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COTA Looking to Roll Out New Downtown-Airport Bus Line in May

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COTA is moving ahead with plans to provide regular bus service between downtown and Port Columbus. A proposed route will be presented at public meetings next week with the goal of rolling out the new service in May of this year.

The route would make a loop through downtown, stopping at a number of hotels and the Greater Columbus Convention Center before heading to the airport on I-670. The proposed timetable calls for buses every 30 minutes, operating from 6am to 9pm, seven days a week. At the airport, the bus would drop passengers at departures and pick up new ones at arrivals before heading back downtown.

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“We’re excited to introduce direct service between our growing downtown and our world class airport,” said COTA spokeswoman Lisa Meyers. “With the new service, we are hoping to contribute to the tourism and economic development goals of our community.”

COTA is planning to unveil the design of specially-branded buses for the route at its next Board of Trustees meeting on January 27th. The buses will be 30 feet long, the size of the CBUS circulator, and would cost the same as an express bus – $2.75 one way, $5.50 round trip. Meyers also said that COTA hopes to work with Port Columbus to install ticket vending machines at the airport.

The airport route is one of several proposed May service changes that will be presented at public meetings on January 21st and 26th. Feedback from those meetings and from comments submitted after the meetings will be compiled by COTA, with the final, adjusted routes being presented in another round of meetings in April.

All service changes being rolled out this year, including the airport route, are based on COTA’s recent Transit System Redesign plan.

For more information on the two upcoming meetings and on ways to comment on the proposed service changes, visit COTA.com/servicechanges.

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