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The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is the regional public transit agency serving Columbus and other Central Ohio communities. More info can be found at cota.com.

Voter’s Guide to Columbus Ballot Issues

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Voter’s Guide to Columbus Ballot Issues

Even as Election Day stands almost a month away, voters are already heading to the polls. Early voting started Wednesday, Oct 12, and along with casting ballots for president and state and local representatives, Columbusites are voting on various bond issues that will go toward public transit, utilities and schools. Columbus City Schools The Columbus […]

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Opinion: Transit Columbus Endorses COTA Levy Renewal

Elissa Schneider Elissa Schneider Opinion: Transit Columbus Endorses COTA Levy Renewal

There is no better way to put your finger on the pulse of Columbus than to move around it on COTA. While riding the bus, I learn more about my neighbors in a more meaningful way. I have time to take in the city-scape; the good and bad of Columbus unfolding as I stare out […]

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The Confluence Cast: Carless in Columbus

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: Carless in Columbus

People like the idea of living without a car. Why don’t they? This week’s episode has it’s foundation in an interview with Cleve Ricksecker, the executive director of the two Downtown Special Improvement Districts (SID). We discuss SIDs, commuter culture in Columbus, and have a frank discussion about the race and class lines here. Cleve’s passion for a […]

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First Bus Rapid Transit Line in Columbus Breaks Ground Today

Walker Evans Walker Evans First Bus Rapid Transit Line in Columbus Breaks Ground Today

Columbus will be getting its first-ever Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line in 2018, which officially broke ground with construction today. Representatives from the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) along with other civic leaders held a special event to commemorate the occasion. “We’re pleased to celebrate construction of CMAX, central Ohio’s first bus rapid transit line,” said […]

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COTA Asks for Support on November Sales Tax Levy

Walker Evans Walker Evans COTA Asks for Support on November Sales Tax Levy

As we first reported back in April, the Central Ohio Transit Authority is placing a quarter-percent sales tax on the ballot this November. The tax levy is a renewal that will continue to maintain the same level of financial support approved by voters in 2006. COTA CEO and President Curtis Stitt distributed a letter asking […]

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COTA Adding WiFi on All Buses by End of 2017

Walker Evans Walker Evans COTA Adding WiFi on All Buses by End of 2017

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) wants to make your bus ride a little more pleasant of an experience. The organization announced yesterday that it has plans to add WiFi internet access to all of the buses in its fleet by the end of next year. “Right now there are eight buses operating with the […]

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Transit Columbus to City: Don’t Skip Rail in Pursuit of Driverless Cars

Brent Warren Brent Warren Transit Columbus to City: Don’t Skip Rail in Pursuit of Driverless Cars

As recently as a year ago, it appeared that the stars were finally aligning (albeit slowly) for those hoping to see some sort of rail transit in Columbus. COTA’s NextGen initiative was laying out “premium transit corridors,” the city’s Connect Columbus plan was floating the idea of an underground light rail line through the Short North, and […]

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