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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.

COTA Levy Renewal Gets Overwhelming Support

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega COTA Levy Renewal Gets Overwhelming Support

Columbus voters are favoring the 0.25 percent tax renewal for COTA services. Roughly 73 percent of voters came out in support of the levy with 27 percent voting against. This will be the second time this tax is passed. Voters approved the levy originally in 2006, adding to the 0.25 percent permanent tax approved in […]

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The Confluence Cast: Local Election Preview

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: Local Election Preview

In this week’s episode of The Confluence Cast, listeners get a breakdown of the local election issues and candidates before going to the polls tomorrow. I sat down with Lauren Sega, Columbus Underground’s Politics Reporter, to talk about the bond and levy issues and a few of the larger local races. http://theconfluencecast.com/episodes/16_election.mp3 Click here for […]

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COTA Seeks Voter Support for Levy Renewal

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega COTA Seeks Voter Support for Levy Renewal

Curtis Stitt, CEO of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), made it pretty clear: vote down their 10-year 0.25 percent sales tax that’s up for renewal this year, and see services shrink to levels not seen in over a decade. In a way, COTA’s own continual expansion of services has put them in this situation. […]

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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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