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Packed COTA buses passing by waiting riders

 
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The Dispatch wrote Packed COTA buses passing by waiting riders

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

BY TIM DOULIN

Business is getting almost too good for COTA, to the point that some buses are driving past waiting riders at stops because there’s no room for them.

High gasoline prices are leading more people to use COTA, which four years ago was in financial trouble and soon began to cut its budget and services.

William Lhota, Central Oho Transit Authority president and chief executive, said buses sometimes have to pass by passengers. �The big local lines � the Cleveland Avenue, the High Street, the East and West Broad Street, the Livingston Avenue and Main Street � at the peak time, it is just a matter of more customers than we have capacity on the bus,� Lhota said.

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