COTA - Updates in 2014
January 1, 2014 2:32 pm at 2:32 pm #100087
Published on January 1, 2014 9:25 am Edit this post
COTA Celebrating 40 Years of Service in 2014
Changes coming to COTA in 2014 include the addition of 36 more Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses into the fleet, upgrades to the two Downtown Transit Terminals, and the introduction of the new Downtown Circulator route in May.
“COTA’s ongoing service expansion program includes adding 63,000 service hours in 2014,” adds Knapp. “We are also moving forward with the preliminary engineering phase of the proposed Cleveland Avenue Bus Rapid Transit Project. In addition, COTA is looking at new and innovative ways to utilize technology in serving our customers, and we’re excited to launch a new website in 2014 with real-time capabilities.”January 4, 2014 7:17 pm at 7:17 pm #557287
Jan 3, 2014, 3:56pm EST
COTA adding express-service lot at New Albany Business Park
Staff reporter – Business First
The Central Ohio Transit Authority is aiming for an easier business commute to and from New Albany with a new surface lot near major employers Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF), Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS), Aetna (NYSE:AET) and others.
READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2014/01/03/cota-adding-express-service-lot-at-new.htmlJanuary 21, 2014 3:46 pm at 3:46 pm #557288
COTA CEO Gets 100 Local Leaders on the Bus in 2013
Published on January 21, 2014 10:35 am
Curtis Stitt had a pretty lofty New Year’s Resolution in mind for 2013. The COTA President & CEO wanted to get 100 different business and community leaders to ride the bus with him throughout the year, and better understand their relationship with local public transportation.
“I’m pleased to report that we reached our goal,” said Stitt in a letter that recaps the initiative. “I took my 100th trip with the Executive Director of the King Arts Complex on December 28th.”
January 21, 2014 4:11 pm at 4:11 pm #557289
I wonder if they could use the existing bus stops for busy routes along Broad & High street? It would be a shame to see them go to waste.January 21, 2014 4:41 pm at 4:41 pm #557290
Here is the final design chosen for the new bus shelters along High Street in downtown. It looks nothing like the top 3 selections.January 21, 2014 4:47 pm at 4:47 pm #557291
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Where do the “Real-Time Bus Tracking System” signs go?January 21, 2014 6:46 pm at 6:46 pm #557293
Here is the final design chosen for the new bus shelters along High Street in downtown. It looks nothing like the top 3 selections.
I couldn’t find the other 3 selections. Where in the link are they?January 21, 2014 7:10 pm at 7:10 pm #557294
It’s actually pretty similar to the chosen finalist.January 24, 2014 9:33 pm at 9:33 pm #557295
To everyone who is concerned about mass transit in Columbus, improving COTA service, ease of payment methods, allocation of shelters/other amenities, etc, please fill out the survey below and share widely with friends or on social media.
COTA Transit System Review Survey
What you think counts. COTA wants your input to improve and enhance our bus system. Please complete this survey. It should take less than 10 minutes and everything you tell us is strictly confidential.
The Transit System Review will take a complete view of the existing COTA bus system including the number of riders, lines, facilities, buses, road network, operating budget and technology. During the review, key questions will be asked such as does the bus system meet the needs of our region and what types of technology will improve service delivery. The objective of the TSR is to define the needs of residents, riders and businesses then develop a plan for an improved bus system that better serves the region. The study will be completed in late August or early September, resulting in a comprehensive review of current bus services and recommendations for positive changes to COTA’s bus service network over the next 5 to 10 years.
More information, http://www.cota.com/Rider-Alerts.aspx?id=371
Link to survey, https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Y87YT86January 24, 2014 9:52 pm at 9:52 pm #557296
FYI, they don’t specifically ask about the circulator and the possible 50 cent rate, so you’ll need to offer your thoughts in the text fields near the end of the survey.February 18, 2014 5:28 pm at 5:28 pm #557297
COTA Seeks Input on the Future of Transit in Columbus
Published on February 18, 2014 12:25 pm
What should the future of public transit look like in Columbus? The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) wants your input as it conducts its Transit System Review. The organization hosted a focus group meeting in January and is soliciting additional public feedback through an online survey.
READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/cota-seeks-input-on-the-future-of-transit-in-columbusFebruary 18, 2014 9:08 pm at 9:08 pm #557298
Cleveland Avenue Bus Rapid Transit Public Meeting and Open House Scheduled for February 27
The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is conducting preliminary design, engineering and environmental clearance for the Cleveland Avenue Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project. The Cleveland Avenue BRT/Enhanced Bus Service will transport riders between downtown Columbus and Polaris Parkway/Africa Road.
All interested persons are invited to a Public Meeting and Open House about the Cleveland Avenue BRT Project. Please join COTA to learn more and provide valuable input into the proposed project. Participants will have the opportunity to review displays, hear a brief presentation, and speak with project team members.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
(A formal presentation will begin at 6 p.m.)
Columbus Baptist Temple Church
5075 Cleveland Ave.
Columbus, OH 43231
COTA Line 1 Cleveland Local serves this facility.
For more information please visit cota.com or contact COTA at (614) 228-1776.
Learn more about the project here.
All interested people are encouraged to attend and participate. Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or familial status.March 14, 2014 1:39 pm at 1:39 pm #948082
COTA Transit System Review Could Mean Big Changes for Bus System
March 14, 2014 – Brent Warren
As we first reported in February, COTA is looking for input as it conducts its Transit System Review (TSR) – a comprehensive look at the transit needs of the region and an evaluation of changes that could be made to better meet those needs.
A trio of COTA employees – Service Planner Elliott Doza, VP of Communications Marty Stutz, and Public and Media Relations Manager Lisa Knapp – were kind enough to sit down with us to provide more details on the project in advance of five public open houses scheduled for March 18th, 19th and 20th. Read on for highlights from that conversation.
READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/cota-transit-system-review-could-mean-big-changes-for-bus-system-bw1March 14, 2014 7:54 pm at 7:54 pm #951178
Details on the three specific scenarios are on Facebook here,
The third one, which is a compromise between the two extremes seems the most reasonable. It’s also interesting to note that two of the three show a bus line which travels directly between Downtown/Short North and the Airport along 5th Ave.
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