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CBUS Circulator — Free Downtown COTA Bus Route

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  • #549399

    geoyui
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    billbix said:
    The reason free is important is that carrying cash and change isn’t too common these days even if the fare is a nominal amount.

    Boston converted a paid route to a free route from the airport because travellers were either unaware of the fare and/or were fumbling with getting exact change (while dragging their luggage around), which ultimately delayed the bus schedule.

    #549400
    derm
    derm
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    geoyui said:
    The key to this circulator IMO is that it be FREE and that there is a high frequency of buses. That way it caters to both the locals and visitors/tourists. In Denver, the MallRide was the easiest way to get up and down the main shopping/eating corridor in downtown Denver for convention goers and business people going for lunch.

    If it is free and you can stay more than one rotation, it will displace the lobby of Columbus Metro as the number one homeless hangout.

    #549401
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    derm said:
    Need to get to lower Clintonville to be more useful.

    Downtown to Clintonville is a long-ass bus ride. That’s way outside of the realm of what a “circulator” is supposed to do.

    #549402
    derm
    derm
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    Walker said:
    Downtown to Clintonville is a long-ass bus ride. That’s way outside of the realm of what a “circulator” is supposed to do.

    I agree, but I do think it should go a little higher than Buttles.

    #549403
    Coremodels
    Coremodels
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    derm said:
    I agree, but I do think it should go a little higher than Buttles.

    Bear in mind, the CABS service picks up at 5th.

    #549404
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    derm said:
    I agree, but I do think it should go a little higher than Buttles.

    I think that the point of a circulator is to get people around within a specific contained area, like a Downtown. This service should be extremely frequent and give people the option of hopping on/off the bus for just a few blocks at a time.

    Once you start moving people longer distances from point A to point B, then you’re just talking about regular bus service. Should someone be able to ride the circulator 20 minutes from German Village to OSU? Or should they be riding a regular bus?

    #549405

    buckette13
    Member

    I think they would be crazy not to include the SN up to Fifth Ave. The SN would be the highlight of a visit and this would be great for those businesses.

    #549406
    Coremodels
    Coremodels
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    buckette13 said:
    I think they would be crazy not to include the SN up to Fifth Ave. The SN would be the highlight of a visit and this would be great for those businesses.

    Meh, its 7/10 of a mile between Buttles and Fifth…and I’d actually like to see people walk it.

    #549407

    geoyui
    Participant

    Walker said:
    Once you start moving people longer distances from point A to point B, then you’re just talking about regular bus service.

    And a more expensive route as you’d have to provide more buses to maintain the high frequency stops.

    #549408

    buckette13
    Member

    Coremodels said:
    Meh, its 7/10 of a mile between Buttles and Fifth…and I’d actually like to see people walk it.

    Saying it and expecting out of town people to just do it are different things. My feeling is people will just stay planted near where they are dropped off and feel comfortable about getting back on the loop.

    The other advantage is that this will help the parking issues in the SN and get people ‘circulating’ ;) instead of hanging out near where they parked their car.

    #549409

    geoyui
    Participant

    Coremodels said:
    Meh, its 7/10 of a mile between Buttles and Fifth…and I’d actually like to see people walk it.

    Agree, people would still have to walk to CMA, COSI, Scioto Mile, etc. from the suggested route. You can’t hit every attraction with the circulator.

    This will be great for festival season.

    #549410

    columbusmike
    Participant

    Maybe the Zoo can step up and sponsor the route with a bus like this:

    #549411
    Coremodels
    Coremodels
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    Could be much worse…

    #549412

    geoyui
    Participant

    Coremodels said:
    Could be much worse…

    much, much worse …

    #549413

    leftovers
    Member

    Personally, I could see it starting in the SN and then branching out into other areas. That would get people used to riding it and get a lot of attention and use. This will be great for businesses along the route imho. Inevitably everyone who has come to visit me has asked to check out the SN and this will make it much easier to get around.

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