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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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COTA Ridership at Highest Level Since 1986

Walker Evans Walker Evans COTA Ridership at Highest Level Since 1986

In November, COTA announced that ridership had broken a decade-high level, eclipsing the peak set in 2004. Today, COTA announced even higher levels of ridership, stating that local bus services were used more in 2014 than they have been in nearly thirty years. “We’re very pleased that our 40th Anniversary year ridership reached a 28-year […]

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Best Mode of Alternative Transportation of 2014: CBUS Circulator

Walker Evans Walker Evans Best Mode of Alternative Transportation of 2014: CBUS Circulator

After launching in May, the CBUS Circulator bus route quickly won the hearts of local riders, who voted it as their number one mode of alternative transportation in Columbus this year. The free-to-ride bus route utilizes smaller shuttle buses that run in a loop from The Short North to German Village with stops throughout Downtown, […]

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COTA Ridership at Highest Level Since 2004

Walker Evans Walker Evans COTA Ridership at Highest Level Since 2004

More and more people are riding COTA this year, thanks in part to the new CBUS Circulator route that launched in May. The Central Ohio Transit Authority announced today that monthly ridership totals hit 1.8 million in both September and October, which is the highest monthly level since January 2004. Additionally, year-to-date ridership is up […]

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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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COTA Looking at Raising Fares, Charging for CBUS

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Looking at Raising Fares, Charging for CBUS

The Central Ohio Transit Agency (COTA) is looking into raising fares and charging to ride the CBUS downtown circulator. A standard bus ride would go from $2.00 to $2.25 and the cost of riding the CBUS would be fifty cents. Four public meetings are scheduled to present the possible fare adjustments and gather input. COTA […]

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Car Free in Columbus – Part 4: The Long Haul

Walker Evans Walker Evans Car Free in Columbus – Part 4: The Long Haul

This week we’ve learned why several Columbus residents have decided to give up their personal automobiles and go car free. We’ve heard about how they get around town to run errands and meet up with friends. And we’ve heard about the challenges that they’ve faced in going car free and how they’ve overcome those challenges. […]

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