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COTA Now Free, Passengers to Board at Rear Door

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Now Free, Passengers to Board at Rear Door

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) held an emergency meeting of its Board of Trustees this morning to vote on several actions it is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The board approved the suspension of fares for all customers, effective immediately. The fares “will remain suspended during the coronavirus outbreak,” according to a […]

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COTA Cuts Service on Three Suburban Lines, More Changes Coming

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Cuts Service on Three Suburban Lines, More Changes Coming

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) announced the first of what will likely be a series of changes to its service as the agency adapts to the spread of COVID-19 in the area. Three lines will see reduced service starting today – Line 71 (Hilliard), Line 72 (Tuttle), and Line 73 (Dublin). More detailed information […]

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Columbus Signs on to Vision Zero Initiative

Brent Warren Brent Warren Columbus Signs on to Vision Zero Initiative

The City of Columbus announced today that it would be taking steps to become a Vision Zero community. Established in Sweden in the 1990s, Vision Zero is a pedestrian-safety movement that calls for cities to enact plans to reduce the number of annual serious or fatal traffic crashes to zero. Over 40 cities nationwide are […]

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Connector from Olentangy Trail to Bethel Road Now Open

Brent Warren Brent Warren Connector from Olentangy Trail to Bethel Road Now Open

A pair of major upgrades to the Olentangy Trail have been completed, including a connector that enables direct access to and from Bethel Road for the first time. The second upgrade is a widening of the trail – from 9 to 12 feet – between Bethel Road and Antrim Lake. The new connector brings users from […]

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Agency Shuts Down Self-Driving Shuttles After Linden Incident

Brent Warren Brent Warren Agency Shuts Down Self-Driving Shuttles After Linden Incident

Editor’s Note (2/27/20, 9:43 a.m.): this article was updated to include more information from Smart Columbus. A February 20 incident in which a self-driving shuttle in Linden stopped suddenly has led to the vehicles being taken off the road, not only in Columbus but in 15 other cities around the country. Two shuttles began running […]

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Commission to Weigh in on New Downtown Park, Pedestrian Bridge

Brent Warren Brent Warren Commission to Weigh in on New Downtown Park, Pedestrian Bridge

The latest plans for a new pedestrian bridge and riverfront park near the new Crew stadium will be presented to the Downtown Commission next week. Building a bike and pedestrian bridge to connect the western terminus of Nationwide Boulevard to the Olentangy Trail across the river is an idea that was first floated in 2015. […]

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COTA Ridership in 2019 Highest in 31 Years

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Ridership in 2019 Highest in 31 Years

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) posted another year of steady ridership gains, with more total rides on the system in 2019 than during any year since 1988. The positive trend line started after 2017, the year that COTA redesigned its bus network. In 2018, COTA rolled out two major initiatives – the CMAX line […]

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