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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.

Capital Crossroads Working Towards Free Bus Pass Program for Downtown Workers

Brent Warren Brent Warren Capital Crossroads Working Towards Free Bus Pass Program for Downtown Workers

When it comes to transit, discussions about light rail and streetcars — or high-profile, big-money initiatives like Smart Columbus — tend to grab the headlines. The Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District is betting that a much more modest program can help to revitalize Downtown while also putting a dent in Columbus’ infamous “car culture.” It will […]

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COTA Reveals New Transit Recommendations, Looks for Feedback

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Reveals New Transit Recommendations, Looks for Feedback

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) started its NextGen initiative nearly two years ago, hoping to lay out a long-term vision for the future of transit in the region. A lot has changed since then – including the Smart City win, which fundamentally changed the landscape of transportation planning in Columbus – leading to delays […]

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COTA Prepares for Rollout of Redesigned Bus Network

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Prepares for Rollout of Redesigned Bus Network

The bus network in Columbus is about to change in a big way, and the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is working hard to get the word out before the new routes take effect on May 1. Starting in March, street teams are set to deploy to the busiest bus stops, offering information about the […]

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Megabus Quietly Discontinues Columbus Service

Walker Evans Walker Evans Megabus Quietly Discontinues Columbus Service

If you haven’t noticed one of the big blue Megabuses running through Columbus recently, it’s because they’ve ended the service. No official notice was given publicly, but a Columbus Underground reader tipped us off when an inquiry to customer service about the absent Columbus routes yielded the following response: “At this time the service has been […]

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Google Maps Now Features Live Transit Updates from COTA

Walker Evans Walker Evans Google Maps Now Features Live Transit Updates from COTA

Riding the bus just got a little bit easier from your smartphone. Popular transit app Google Maps now displays real-time bus tracking information from the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) so that you’ll know if your bus is running late, running early, or running right on time. COTA first rolled out real-time tracking info back […]

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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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