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Opinion: The “American Dream” is changing — It’s time to wake up to that

Neil Button Neil Button Opinion: The “American Dream” is changing — It’s time to wake up to that

With the end of 2014 in sight, Columbus remains the largest city in the United States without any form of rail transit. We’re also in 45th place out of America’s 52 largest cities in terms of per capita spending on bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure, according to the Alliance for Biking & Walking. In the face […]

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Light Rail in Columbus? OSU Class Gets Conversation Started Again

Brent Warren Brent Warren Light Rail in Columbus? OSU Class Gets Conversation Started Again

An OSU urban planning class has made the latest splash in what seems like a never-ending discussion in Columbus – should we add rail transit to our expanding list of alternative transportation options? With new streetcar lines under construction in Cincinnati, Kansas City, San Antonio, and St. Louis, a light rail line being installed in […]

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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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OSU Transit Plan Proposes Big Changes for Campus

Brent Warren Brent Warren OSU Transit Plan Proposes Big Changes for Campus

Ohio State has been working on a transit and parking plan meant to improve the flow of car, bicycle and pedestrian traffic on campus. The Comprehensive Transportation and Parking Plan (CTPP) – which was presented as a draft to the university’s Board of Trustees on November 6th – contains a lengthy list of recommendations, from extending […]

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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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Goodale Bike Ramp to Open Soon

Brent Warren Brent Warren Goodale Bike Ramp to Open Soon

Since they were first announced in early 2013, bicycle and trail infrastructure improvements planned for the Goodale Street bridge over State Route 315 and the Olentangy River have generated plenty of enthusiasm from cyclists and other trail users; a new path along the north side of the Goodale bridge would improve conditions along a treacherous roadway […]

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Start Date Pushed Back on Cleveland Avenue BRT, Now Called CMAX

Brent Warren Brent Warren Start Date Pushed Back on Cleveland Avenue BRT, Now Called CMAX

COTA’s Cleveland Avenue Bus Rapid Transit project has a new name – CMAX – as well as new branding and preliminary station designs. It also has a slightly larger price tag and a delayed starting date. The new cost estimate for the project is $47.7 million, 80% of which would be covered by a Small […]

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