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  • #95045

    News
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    Transit Authority Plans Elimination Of Diesel-Powered Buses

    December 19, 2012

    by Tom Borgerding

    89.7 NPR News Managing Editor

    The Central Ohio Transit Authority is making a long term bet on stable prices for natural gas. In 2013, COTA will begin replacing its diesel-powered bus fleet with new coaches powered by compressed natural gas.

    Behind COTA’s McKinley Avenue bus garage, workers are installing new pipelines and pumps. Not diesel, not gasoline, but compressed natural gas or CNG fueling stations. COTA President and Chief executive, Curtis Stitt, says the $21 million project is part of a bus fleet transition.

    READ MORE: http://wosu.org/2012/news/2012/12/19/transit-authority-plans-elimination-of-diesel-powered-buses/

    #527480

    bjones7
    Participant

    COTA trustees have approved a 2013 budget that adds 50,000 hours of service and 28 bus drivers and begins the long-term transition to natural-gas-powered buses with the purchase of 30.

    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/12/19/cota-approves-2013-budget.html

    #527481

    News
    Participant

    COTA revving up 60,000 more service hours for 2013
    Business First by Rick Rouan, Staff reporter
    Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 2:54pm EST

    The Central Ohio Transit Authority plans to add more than 60,000 service hours to its fixed-route bus service next year. COTA said Wednesday in a budget presentation that it plans to increase its service hours 7.2 percent from a forecasted year-end total of 860,757 in 2012 to 922,931 in 2013. That increase reflects increases in the frequency of lines running in some of the busiest areas of Columbus: into downtown, Easton Town Center and around the new Hollywood Casino Columbus, COTA Spokesman Marty Stutz said.

    READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2012/12/19/cota-revving-up-60000-more-service.html

    #527482

    News
    Participant

    Press Release:
    January 2013 Service Changes take effect

    COTA’s January 2013 Service Changes will take effect on Monday, January 7, 2013.

    Information about service changes is posted at http://www.cota.com or at (614) 228-1776.

    Beginning Monday, January 7, Graceland Shopping Center is no longer used as a layover and turnaround location for the following lines:

    #2 N. High
    #4 Indianola
    #95 Morse/Henderson

    Limited service into Graceland Shopping Center is available on Line #2 N. High St. “2K” is the designation for buses traveling to the Graceland Shopping Center, Worthington Estates via Wilson Bridge Road and Crosswoods Park and Ride. “2N” is the designation for buses traveling to the Graceland Shopping Center and Crosswoods Park and Ride.

    COTA adds new service and makes adjustments to existing service three times a year in January, May and September.

    #527483

    mrmann
    Member

    I really wish they would expand the hours for some of the buses. I have been working remotely and the #82 would be perfect but it stops running around 9pm. Since this is also the OSU campus route, I think a lot of students and medical staff would also like later hours. Stopping at 9pm on a weekday is kind of depressing for a transit system in the 16th largest city in the country – especially when it is providing transportation to students and medical center staff at one of the largest campuses in the nation.

    #82 = High St, OSU Campus, OSU Medical Center, 5xNW, Grandview, Grandview Yard.

    http://www.cota.com/assets/Riding-Cota/Schedules/Current/082.pdf

    #527484

    heresthecasey
    Participant

    Tap cards for fares!
    Real time arrival info!
    Alternatives to buses!

    Time to step it up, COTA.

    #527485

    Analogue Kid
    Participant

    heresthecasey said:
    Real time arrival info!

    IIRC that will be coming later this year.

    #527486

    AlexLe
    Member

    I really wish they would expand the hours for some of the buses.[/url] I have been working remotely and the #82 would be perfect but it stops running around 9pm.[/url] Since this is also the OSU campus route, I think a lot of students and medical staff would also like later hours.[/url]

    #527487

    mrpoppinzs
    Member

    I am also surprised by the #82, didn’t realize it cut out so early. Since so many students live along its route and pay the COTA fees from their tuition, keeping it running into the night time study hours seems like the least COTA could do.

    I think 99% of my studying (a lot of which was in groups on campus) was done between 9pm and midnight.

    #527488
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    mrpoppinzs said:
    I am also surprised by the #82, didn’t realize it cut out so early. Since so many students live along its route and pay the COTA fees from their tuition, keeping it running into the night time study hours seems like the least COTA could do.

    This is just a technicality, but what students pay into COTA fees directly via tuition is a fraction of the normal cost. Students currently pay $13.50 per semester (nearly 4 months). A 31-day COTA bus pass is $62. Which means students pay about 5% of what everyone else does to ride.

    Though I imagine OSU foots the other 95% of the bill, so some of that comes indirectly via tuition.

    #527489

    mrpoppinzs
    Member

    I also imagine not all OSU students use the bus (60k+ students), though all pay the COTA fee.

    That whole argument seems silly though as COTA is heavily subsidized and their objective is to provide transportation. If a student needs to drive to get to their 9:30pm study group they are being taught early that mass transit is a secondary form of transportation. I am not sure this is a lesson that COTA should be teaching.

    #527490
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    mrpoppinzs said:
    That whole argument seems silly though…

    What argument? I’m not arguing that COTA shouldn’t expand later hours for routes that serve students.

    I was just pointing out that OSU foots the COTA bill for the students, not the tiny fee they pay.

    #527491

    billbix
    Member

    I took the #5 a couple of times but the part that goes by my condo stops running at 6:45 pm and is 30 minutes between buses. Even when I lived in Pittsburgh I did not feel I was at the mercy of the bus system as much as I do here.

    #527492

    cbustransit
    Participant

    thats because Pittsburgh has a much better bus system. and light rail. and dedicated busways.

    #527493
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    billbix said:
    I took the #5 a couple of times but the part that goes by my condo stops running at 6:45 pm and is 30 minutes between buses. Even when I lived in Pittsburgh I did not feel I was at the mercy of the bus system as much as I do here.

    The inner portion of the #5 (that runs between Downtown and First Community Village near Riverside & 5th) runs until Midnight Mon-Sat and 9pm on Sunday:

    http://www.cota.com/assets/Riding-Cota/Schedules/Current/005.pdf

    Which in my opinion is a pretty good level of service.

    The extended service of the #5 (that runs all the way out to Hilliard Rome Road) stops earlier around 6:45pm, if that’s what you’re referring to. Generally speaking in any city, the further out you travel into less dense or suburban areas, the less convenient the bus service is likely to be.

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