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First BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) Line in Columbus Launches on Monday

Brent Warren Brent Warren First BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) Line in Columbus Launches on Monday

New Year’s Day will mark the start of service for the CMAX, the first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line to be developed by the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA). Rides will be free on the line – which features specially-branded buses that run up and down Cleveland Avenue – for the first week of its […]

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COTA Approves Transit Plan, Starts Search for New Leader

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Approves Transit Plan, Starts Search for New Leader

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) Board of Trustees accepted the final NextGen report at its meeting yesterday, approving a broad vision for the future of the region’s public transportation that includes recommendations for a series of “high capacity transit corridors.” Exactly how that plan is implemented — and how strongly COTA pushes for options […]

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COTA Seeks Voter Support for Levy Renewal

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega COTA Seeks Voter Support for Levy Renewal

Curtis Stitt, CEO of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), made it pretty clear: vote down their 10-year 0.25 percent sales tax that’s up for renewal this year, and see services shrink to levels not seen in over a decade. In a way, COTA’s own continual expansion of services has put them in this situation. […]

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First Bus Rapid Transit Line in Columbus Breaks Ground Today

Walker Evans Walker Evans First Bus Rapid Transit Line in Columbus Breaks Ground Today

Columbus will be getting its first-ever Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line in 2018, which officially broke ground with construction today. Representatives from the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) along with other civic leaders held a special event to commemorate the occasion. “We’re pleased to celebrate construction of CMAX, central Ohio’s first bus rapid transit line,” said […]

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Transit Columbus to City: Don’t Skip Rail in Pursuit of Driverless Cars

Brent Warren Brent Warren Transit Columbus to City: Don’t Skip Rail in Pursuit of Driverless Cars

As recently as a year ago, it appeared that the stars were finally aligning (albeit slowly) for those hoping to see some sort of rail transit in Columbus. COTA’s NextGen initiative was laying out “premium transit corridors,” the city’s Connect Columbus plan was floating the idea of an underground light rail line through the Short North, and […]

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New Bus Rapid Transit Service Will Almost Get You To IKEA in 2017, But Not Quite

Walker Evans Walker Evans New Bus Rapid Transit Service Will Almost Get You To IKEA in 2017, But Not Quite

When the news broke on Monday evening that Columbus would be getting an IKEA in 2017, there was much rejoicing by local fans of the store across every social media platform imaginable. The most frequently vocalized complaint about the news deals with the advance frustrations in the potential traffic congestion the store will bring to […]

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Start Date Pushed Back on Cleveland Avenue BRT, Now Called CMAX

Brent Warren Brent Warren Start Date Pushed Back on Cleveland Avenue BRT, Now Called CMAX

COTA’s Cleveland Avenue Bus Rapid Transit project has a new name – CMAX – as well as new branding and preliminary station designs. It also has a slightly larger price tag and a delayed starting date. The new cost estimate for the project is $47.7 million, 80% of which would be covered by a Small […]

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