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COTA’s First Electric Buses to Start Running Next Week

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA’s First Electric Buses to Start Running Next Week

The Central Ohio Transit Authority has added two electric buses to its fleet and will buy another eight to be delivered next summer. The first two will start running on Monday, October 11. “Our ambitious and achievable goals are for COTA to be diesel-free by 2025 with net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and these electric […]

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Indianola Realignment to Include Bike Lanes, but Advocates Pushing for Better Ones

Brent Warren Brent Warren Indianola Realignment to Include Bike Lanes, but Advocates Pushing for Better Ones

A planned resurfacing of Indianola Avenue from North Broadway to Hudson Street will provide an opportunity to rearrange the street and add bike lanes. The City of Columbus has picked its favorite option for the realignment, and has presented the design to the neighborhood. The project picks up where a previous effort left off – […]

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City Now Restricting Scooter Use in the Short North

Brent Warren Brent Warren City Now Restricting Scooter Use in the Short North

A new policy that went into effect yesterday afternoon will restrict the use of scooters in the Short North. Users will not be able to park or ride the rentable devices along North High Street between Goodale Street and Fifth Avenue. The city’s Department of Public Service, which handles the permitting process for companies that […]

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Local E-Bike Startup Thinking Big, Preparing for Launch

Brent Warren Brent Warren Local E-Bike Startup Thinking Big, Preparing for Launch

A local startup is hoping to make a big splash in the “micromobility” world, bringing a new kind of electric bike and lots of new ideas to an industry that has so far been dominated by just a handful of Silicon Valley-backed companies. If all goes according to plan, the first fat tire e-bikes from […]

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COTA Not Bringing Back CBUS – or Late Night Service – Any Time Soon

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Not Bringing Back CBUS – or Late Night Service – Any Time Soon

Last spring, several express lines starting running again for the first time since the Central Ohio Transit Authority was forced to start cutting back bus service at the beginning of the pandemic. At the time, COTA officials expressed hope that the restoration of late night service would be the next improvement to be implemented, and suggested […]

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COTA to Implement New Fare System This Fall

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA to Implement New Fare System This Fall

The Central Ohio Transit Authority plans to implement a new fare management system this fall that it says will help save low-income riders money. The new system will allow for fare capping, meaning that it will track how many rides are taken by an individual in a month, for example, and stop charging for new rides […]

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COTA Puts Price Tag on East-West Transit Line, Will Seek Federal Funding

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Puts Price Tag on East-West Transit Line, Will Seek Federal Funding

The plan to build a Bus Rapid Transit corridor that will stretch from the far west side of Columbus to the far east side moved another step closer to reality this week. The Board of Trustees of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) voted to approve what is known as a “locally preferred alternative” for […]

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