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Interview: Curtis Stitt on his Tenure at COTA and the State of Public Transit in Columbus

Brent Warren Brent Warren Interview: Curtis Stitt on his Tenure at COTA and the State of Public Transit in Columbus

Curtis Stitt’s last day at the helm of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) was September 29. His five years as president and CEO capped nearly 19 in all at the agency. Columbus Underground sat down with Stitt for a wide-ranging interview just before he left, touching on everything from Smart Columbus, to the recent […]

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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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COTA Ridership at Highest Level Since 2004

Walker Evans Walker Evans COTA Ridership at Highest Level Since 2004

More and more people are riding COTA this year, thanks in part to the new CBUS Circulator route that launched in May. The Central Ohio Transit Authority announced today that monthly ridership totals hit 1.8 million in both September and October, which is the highest monthly level since January 2004. Additionally, year-to-date ridership is up […]

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No Fare Increase for COTA, CBUS Will Stay Free Until May

Brent Warren Brent Warren No Fare Increase for COTA, CBUS Will Stay Free Until May

The price to ride a COTA bus will stay the same at least through the end of 2015, and the popular CBUS downtown circulator will remain free until May 3rd. Both decisions were made by the COTA Board of Trustees this morning, with the CBUS date set specifically to give the transit authority more time […]

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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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