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COTA Considering Fare Hike for 2018

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Considering Fare Hike for 2018

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is considering raising the price of a bus ride in Columbus for the first time since 2012. A plan being presented by COTA in a series of public meetings this week calls for raising the standard fare from $2 to either $2.50 or $2.75. Those options will also be […]

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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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Self-Driving Shuttle Bus Shows up on Campus & OSU is Looking to Buy One

Brent Warren Brent Warren Self-Driving Shuttle Bus Shows up on Campus & OSU is Looking to Buy One

Sharped-eyed observers on Ohio State University’s main campus might have spotted an unusual-looking vehicle cruising around on Tuesday. Olli is the brand name of a 12-passenger van produced by an Arizona-based company called Local Motors. Designed to be fully autonomous, the rectangular-shaped shuttle was on campus for a “promotional and video shoot,” according to Benjamin […]

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What to Expect from Smart Columbus in Year Two

Brent Warren Brent Warren What to Expect from Smart Columbus in Year Two

It’s been a little over a year since Columbus beat out six other finalists to win the US Department of Transportation’s Smart City challenge. The win came with a $40 million grant from the US DOT as well as a $10 million grant from Vulcan, Inc. Local corporate and institutional partners have chipped in significant […]

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Free Bus Passes for Downtown Workers Coming in 2018

Brent Warren Brent Warren Free Bus Passes for Downtown Workers Coming in 2018

The board of the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District gave its stamp of approval yesterday to a plan to provide free bus passes for as many as 40,000 Downtown workers. The program has been in the planning stages for over two years, including a small pilot program that ran from June of 2015 to December […]

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COTA Approves Transit Plan, Starts Search for New Leader

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Approves Transit Plan, Starts Search for New Leader

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) Board of Trustees accepted the final NextGen report at its meeting yesterday, approving a broad vision for the future of the region’s public transportation that includes recommendations for a series of “high capacity transit corridors.” Exactly how that plan is implemented — and how strongly COTA pushes for options […]

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Ride-Sharers Can Go Farther With car2go’s Home Area Expansion

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Ride-Sharers Can Go Farther With car2go’s Home Area Expansion

Ride-sharing is taking off in Columbus. For economic or environmental reasons, more people are looking for ways to live in the city without owning a car. After the launch of car2go in 2013, thousands of Columbusites became members, trading in their sedans for the company’s compact vehicles. For the last couple of years, the cars’ […]

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