First Bus Rapid Transit Line in Columbus Breaks Ground Today
Columbus will be getting its first-ever Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line in 2018, which officially broke ground with construction today. Representatives from the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) along with other civic leaders held a special event to commemorate the occasion.
“We’re pleased to celebrate construction of CMAX, central Ohio’s first bus rapid transit line,” said Curtis Stitt, COTA President and CEO. “The high frequency service with improved travel times and upgraded customer amenities will enhance access to jobs, education and training opportunities, healthcare and other services in our community. CMAX will not only improve transportation in central Ohio, it has the potential to change lives.”
Once launched, the line will run from Downtown Columbus, up Cleveland Avenue to the Ohio Health Medical Center on Polaris Parkway, providing rapid connectivity to neighborhood that include Milo-Grogan, Linden, Northland and Westerville. COTA officials have stated that it will service more than 211,000 residents and 170,000 workers along the 15 mile corridor.
Earlier today, Stitt issued a statement via email asking for public support for a tax levy renewal that will be on this fall’s ballot.
For more information, visit www.cota.com/brt.