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New COTA bus-riders are filling up parking lots

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The Dispatch wrote As gas prices climb, more people are drawn to the bus.

On the way, they’re creating hundreds of unofficial park-and-ride lots.

Their cars huddle in commercial lots next to Central Ohio Transit Authority bus signs like ants around a sugar cube.

“In some cases, the people who own the lots are happy to have them there, especially the retail businesses that provide services or sell things — they might see it as an opportunity,” said Bob Lawler, director of transportation for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. “In other cases, it may hamper their regular business if they’re short on parking.”

Graceland Shopping Center has battled commuting interlopers for years. Security guards place intimidating notices on cars they find parked all day.


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