Rerouting Transit - Modes that Move Us
November 25, 2015 2:54 pm at 2:54 pm #1104132
Improving Columbus’ real connectivity – moving people and goods within the city and between Columbus and other locations, was the topic of the November 18 CMC forum. Featured speakers where William Murdock, executive director of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), Curtis Stitt, president & CEO of Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) and Carla Bailo, assistant vice president for mobility research at OSU. The forum was moderated by Elissa Schneider, chair of Transit Columbus, a non-profit organization that advocates for improved transit in Central Ohio. Elissa Schneider explained that as people choose to live in multi-use neighborhoods, they’re also seeking multi-modal transportation options. As a mid-western sprawling city, it’s unrealistic to eliminate the needs for cars, but people should have options on how to get from one place to another. Schneider is interested in “Finding ways of advancing a change agenda that bends the arc towards more urban space for people, rather than for private vehicles.” Technology, changing demographics and personal preferences regarding transportation require re-evaluation of the needs and priorities of the current transportation systems. Connect Columbus, the soon-to-be-completed plan for a true multimodal thoroughfare, will address ways in which the area’s transit options can improve safety, reduce congestion, assistant children and the elderly, promote economic development, offer fitness opportunities and decrease environment impact. COTA is also working on the NextGen long-range plan to accommodate a growing Columbus population through 2050. Changing bus routes, adding connectors within urban areas, offering greater access to the suburbs and addressing the speed of getting to a destination, are a few of the issues that will be researched.November 26, 2015 1:16 am at 1:16 am #1104158
Interesting, very glad theses points are being discussed. I wonder if there’s any possibility of including rail or rail like options in planning for the new airport terminal?
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