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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.

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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Release of Transit Recommendations Delayed

Brent Warren Brent Warren Release of Transit Recommendations Delayed

The release of the final recommendations from a pair of high-profile plans meant to set the agenda for Columbus’ transit future has been delayed. The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), which started holding public meetings in April of last year for its NextGen initiative, had indicated as recently as last fall that a final report was […]

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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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