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COTA - Updates in 2013

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    Evelyn Van Til

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    Ohio State affiliate COTA ridership up 21.3 percent
    September 25, 2013
    Brandon Klein

    Ohio State community members are riding city buses more, according to data provided by the Central Ohio Transit Authority.

    OSU affiliate ridership increased by roughly 21.3 percent from 2009 to 2012, according to COTA data emailed to The Lantern by Marty Stutz, vice president of communications, marketing and customer service for COTA.

    READ MORE: http://thelantern.com/2013/09/ohio-state-affiliate-cota-ridership-21-3-percent/



    Bus Ridership Increases In Columbus
    Thursday September 26, 2013 6:15 PM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Bus ridership is on the rise in Columbus, after a decrease in riders over the first half of this year. The Central Ohio Transit Authority recorded more than 12.2 million trips so far this year.

    READ MORE: http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2013/09/26/columbus-bus-ridership-increase.html

    Transit Columbus
    Transit Columbus

    COTA is rolling out real-time GPS tracking early next year. Another good improvement.

    Read more: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/10/07/cota-users-will-get-gps-updates-on-buses.html%5B/url%5D



    COTA Launching Real-Time Bus Tracking System in 2014
    Published on October 11, 2013 8:00 am
    By: Brent Warren

    COTA has set March 2014 as the target date to debut a long-awaited and highly-requested service for its users — the ability to track buses in real time from smart phones or from digital signs installed at select stations.

    “This service will enable our customers to see where buses are in real-time, just like our radio-central does,” said Marty Stutz, VP of Communications at COTA.

    READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/cota-launching-real-time-bus-tracking-system-in-2014-bw1



    Other cool things happening in 2014:

    “The agency began operating on Jan. 1, 1974, Stitt said, and it plans to celebrate the anniversary throughout the year.

    For example, all rides will be free for 24 hours starting at midnight on Jan. 1, he said. That means New Year’s Eve revelers can hitch a ride home at no charge. On the first Monday of January, May and September, fares will be rolled back to 50 cents — the same as they were when the service launched in 1974.”

    -“COTA also is considering working with a company to develop a fare-payment system through smartphone apps.”


    Purchasing your bus fare on your smart phone would be awesome!


    Digital Dave



    Here is every single COTA rider on those three Mondays:



    Wow..nice art work!



    To be fair, shitty art work is part of the point of Rage Comics.


    lattethunder said:
    To be fair, shitty art work is part of the point of Rage Comics.




    News said:
    COTA Looks At Eliminating Bus Stops In Clintonville, On Ohio State University Campus
    Friday February 15, 2013 1:15 PM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— – You may soon see fewer bus stops along High Street. COTA is looking at eliminating stops along High Street, through Ohio State’s campus, Clintonville and near Crosswoods. COTA officials said they evaluate bus stops that are used less frequently or are too close together every year to improve service.

    READ MORE: http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2013/02/15/columbus-COTA-stop-removal.html

    I would like to suggest that someone march COTA officials out to High St. N. 4th or Indianola and make them walk from one of their bus stops to another today in all this snow and ice, and then tell us if they still think this was a good idea!!!

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