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COTA Updates in 2015

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  • #1071942

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    Interview: COTA’s Curtis Stitt on the Next Generation of Transit in Columbus
    April 16, 2015 8:00 am – Brent Warren

    The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) recently completed a comprehensive redesign of the bus network in Columbus – their Transit System Review recommended more-frequent buses in the urban core and a host of other changes, all without increasing the overall budget. While the new network will be slowly rolled out over the course of the next two years, COTA is now setting its sites on the future – a planning process they are calling COTA NextGen will look to the public for big ideas on how the city’s transportation system should respond to predicted growth and changing demographics.

    READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/interview-cotas-curtis-stitt-on-the-next-generation-of-transit-in-columbus-bw1

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    COTA Approves New Bus Pass Program for Downtown Workforce
    April 22, 2015 10:27 am – Walker Evans

    If you’ve attended the Ohio State University, then you’re likely familiar with the ability to ride COTA buses “for free” with your BuckID (it’s actually paid for by the Ohio State University and rolled into tuition fees, but there is no charge taking place during the boarding process). The convenience allows a very large population of potential COTA riders to have very easy access at their fingertips. As of today, a similar program is scheduled for testing with several large Downtown employers.

    READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/cota-approves-new-bus-pass-program-for-downtown-workforce

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    jimbach
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    COTA Approves New Bus Pass Program for Downtown Workforce<br>
    April 22, 2015 10:27 am – Walker Evans

    If you’ve attended the Ohio State University, then you’re likely familiar with the ability to ride COTA buses “for free” with your BuckID (it’s actually paid for by the Ohio State University and rolled into tuition fees, but there is no charge taking place during the boarding process). The convenience allows a very large population of potential COTA riders to have very easy access at their fingertips. As of today, a similar program is scheduled for testing with several large Downtown employers.<br>
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    READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/cota-approves-new-bus-pass-program-for-downtown-workforce

    Of course, The Ohio State University, one of the largest employers in the region, would never take part in such a program for their employees, since it would violate their agreement with CampusPARC.

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    heresthecasey
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    The program adopted at this morning’s COTA board meeting is considered a pilot program, launching with just five specific employers: Huntington, Porter Wright, Bricker & Eckler, State Auto and Nationwide Insurance. Collectively, those five businesses include 1,100 employees.

    Is this a typo or will the pilot program only be available to a small portion of their employees? The listed companies have well over 1,100 workers downtown, collectively.

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    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    Is this a typo or will the pilot program only be available to a small portion of their employees? The listed companies have well over 1,100 workers downtown, collectively.

    I got some clarification that some of it is site specific. Via Marc Conte at The SID:

    “In the case of larger companies they are only including a specific unit. For example it will only be the State Auto employees at 175 on the Park.”

    My understanding is that they want to utilize a smaller pool of the workforce so that the effectiveness of the program can be monitors before rolling out further.

    #1073037

    heresthecasey
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    Good to hear. Hopefully, it’s successful enough to warrant a wider rollout. MORPC and the CCSID are absolutely right to be focusing on increasing transit usage rather than additional parking. Alongside COTA’s redesign of the bus network, this could be a major boost to ridership.

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    Transit Authority Plans Less Reliance On Downtown Hub
    By TOM BORGERDING • MAY 12, 2015

    COTA is at the front end of a plan to expand its service. It will mean more frequent service on some popular routes but COTA also wants to eventually add routes that skip downtown.

    READ MORE: http://radio.wosu.org/post/transit-authority-plans-less-reliance-downtown-hub

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