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Google Maps Now Features Live Transit Updates from COTA

Walker Evans Walker Evans Google Maps Now Features Live Transit Updates from COTA

Riding the bus just got a little bit easier from your smartphone. Popular transit app Google Maps now displays real-time bus tracking information from the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) so that you’ll know if your bus is running late, running early, or running right on time. COTA first rolled out real-time tracking info back […]

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The Confluence Cast: Carless in Columbus

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: Carless in Columbus

People like the idea of living without a car. Why don’t they? This week’s episode has it’s foundation in an interview with Cleve Ricksecker, the executive director of the two Downtown Special Improvement Districts (SID). We discuss SIDs, commuter culture in Columbus, and have a frank discussion about the race and class lines here. Cleve’s passion for a […]

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COTA Adding WiFi on All Buses by End of 2017

Walker Evans Walker Evans COTA Adding WiFi on All Buses by End of 2017

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) wants to make your bus ride a little more pleasant of an experience. The organization announced yesterday that it has plans to add WiFi internet access to all of the buses in its fleet by the end of next year. “Right now there are eight buses operating with the […]

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COTA Launches New Airport-Downtown Bus Service Today

Walker Evans Walker Evans COTA Launches New Airport-Downtown Bus Service Today

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) has been making the news a lot over the span of the past week, with updates on the CBUS Circulator, the fall levy renewal, and real-time tracking technology going into effect this Friday. Another significant service update the for bus system arrived this morning when the new AirConnect route officially launched. The new […]

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COTA to Roll Out Real-time Tracking Next Week

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA to Roll Out Real-time Tracking Next Week

COTA plans to roll out real-time tracking at the end of next week, a feature that will allow riders to use a smart phone to see where their bus is for the first time. “On Friday, May 6, COTA will begin providing real-time information to customers through Transit App,” said COTA Public and Media Relations […]

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New COTA Program Surpasses Goal in Getting Downtown Workers Commuting

Walker Evans Walker Evans New COTA Program Surpasses Goal in Getting Downtown Workers Commuting

Last April, the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District and Central Ohio Transit Authority unveiled a pilot program for Downtown workers, which allowed commuters to ride COTA buses to work at no personal cost, in an effort to reduce demand for parking spaces, which has become expensive and scarce for many workers. The newly released 2015 year-end Downtown […]

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Interview: COTA’s Curtis Stitt on the Next Generation of Transit in Columbus

Brent Warren Brent Warren Interview: COTA’s Curtis Stitt on the Next Generation of Transit in Columbus

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) recently completed a comprehensive redesign of the bus network in Columbus – their Transit System Review recommended more-frequent buses in the urban core and a host of other changes, all without increasing the overall budget. While the new network will be slowly rolled out over the course of the […]

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