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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.

Car Free in Columbus – Part 1: Getting Started

Walker Evans Walker Evans Car Free in Columbus – Part 1: Getting Started

In the summer of 2010, Anne and I went car free for two months. Our old car had been totaled and we decided to wait for the insurance check to be processed before buying a new car rather than opting for a rental. With two small kids who were not yet school age and being […]

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Event Showcases Ideas for Future of Transit in Columbus

Brent Warren Brent Warren Event Showcases Ideas for Future of Transit in Columbus

If the ideas presented at Seventh Son Brewing Company Tuesday night are any indication, young professionals in Columbus are dreaming big about the future of transit in the region. Six teams – tasked by Columbus leaders with tackling a variety of transit questions – presented their answers as part of GOOD IDEAS Columbus, a program […]

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First Look: New Downtown Bus Shelters

Walker Evans Walker Evans First Look: New Downtown Bus Shelters

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) has begun work on replacing 13 high-volume bus shelters on High Street through Downtown. The aluminum-and-glass design is a modern update, designed by students from CCAD. Several of the southbound shelters should be finished and functional in time for the May 5th launch of the new Downtown Circulator route. […]

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COTA Transit System Review Could Mean Big Changes for Bus System

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Transit System Review Could Mean Big Changes for Bus System

As we first reported in February, COTA is looking for input as it conducts its Transit System Review (TSR) – a comprehensive look at the transit needs of the region and an evaluation of changes that could be made to better meet those needs. A trio of COTA employees – Service Planner Elliott Doza, VP […]

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Public Transit Ridership at Highest Levels in Nearly 60 Years

Walker Evans Walker Evans Public Transit Ridership at Highest Levels in Nearly 60 Years

The renewed interest in public transit ridership is something often discussed on Columbus Underground as a trend for millennials and urban dwellers that continue to relocate to walkable urban neighborhoods where transit systems are easiest to use. Yesterday, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released new ridership numbers that show that this trend is on […]

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First Look at the New Downtown Circulator Buses

Walker Evans Walker Evans First Look at the New Downtown Circulator Buses

As Brent Warren wrote on Wednesday, COTA will be launching their Downtown Circulator service on Cinco de Mayo, bringing a free ride to those looking to easily hop between Downtown, German Village, the Brewery District, the Arena District, the Short North and all points in between. This morning, CU user “Lucky Parrot” emailed us some […]

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COTA’s Downtown Circulator Set to Begin Service May 5th

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA’s Downtown Circulator Set to Begin Service May 5th

The COTA Board of Trustees today approved plans for a free Downtown circulator bus. Starting May 5th, riders will be able to board one of the specially-branded buses and ride for free on a route that stretches from East 3rd Avenue in the Short North to West Sycamore Street in the Brewery District. The free […]

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