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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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Megabus Quietly Discontinues Columbus Service

Walker Evans Walker Evans Megabus Quietly Discontinues Columbus Service

If you haven’t noticed one of the big blue Megabuses running through Columbus recently, it’s because they’ve ended the service. No official notice was given publicly, but a Columbus Underground reader tipped us off when an inquiry to customer service about the absent Columbus routes yielded the following response: “At this time the service has been […]

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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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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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COTA Asks for Support on November Sales Tax Levy

Walker Evans Walker Evans COTA Asks for Support on November Sales Tax Levy

As we first reported back in April, the Central Ohio Transit Authority is placing a quarter-percent sales tax on the ballot this November. The tax levy is a renewal that will continue to maintain the same level of financial support approved by voters in 2006. COTA CEO and President Curtis Stitt distributed a letter asking […]

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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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