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Group to Decide How to Spend Downtown Parking Meter Revenue

Brent Warren Brent Warren Group to Decide How to Spend Downtown Parking Meter Revenue

The city is in the process of setting up a benefit district that will allow revenue from parking meters Downtown to stay in the area and be fed back into transit and other mobility improvements. It’s a model that has already been established in the Short North, where a committee made up of neighborhood leaders […]

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Downtown Bus Ridership Has Doubled Over Past Year

Walker Evans Walker Evans Downtown Bus Ridership Has Doubled Over Past Year

Thanks to a unique program that offers free bus passes to most Downtown workers, transit ridership for the Downtown area has more than doubled year-over-year since the program went into effect. The C-pass program is a collaborative effort between the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District (SID), Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and the Central Ohio […]

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C-Pass Users Helping to Boost COTA Ridership

Brent Warren Brent Warren C-Pass Users Helping to Boost COTA Ridership

Downtown workers who have signed up for free bus passes through the C-Pass program have taken about 460,000 rides since the program launched in June. Those employees have had an impact on overall ridership, particularly as measured by how many people are traveling in and out of Downtown at rush hour. Numbers provided by the […]

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Interview: COTA CEO Joanna Pinkerton

Brent Warren Brent Warren Interview: COTA CEO Joanna Pinkerton

Joanna Pinkerton was named the new President and CEO of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) in March of this year. Since that time, Smart Columbus has rolled out a series of electric vehicle and tech-centric initiatives, a driverless shuttle has started running in a loop Downtown, and hundreds of rentable scooters (as well as […]

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Free Downtown Bus Pass Program Launches

Brent Warren Brent Warren Free Downtown Bus Pass Program Launches

C-Pass, the free bus pass program that aims to convert thousands of Downtown employees into regular users of the Central Ohio Transit Authority( COTA), is set to officially roll out on Friday. As of Tuesday, 218 Downtown businesses – out of a total of about 1,000 that are within the boundaries of the program – […]

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Enrollment Now Open for Free Downtown Bus Pass Program

Brent Warren Brent Warren Enrollment Now Open for Free Downtown Bus Pass Program

Eligible employers can start signing up for the Downtown C-Pass program on May 1, and employees can start using their free, unlimited bus passes starting June 1. Any business, organization, or government entity that is located within the boundary of the program — with a few exceptions — is eligible to participate. It’s a district […]

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Some Major Property Owners Opt Out of Free Bus Pass Program

Brent Warren Brent Warren Some Major Property Owners Opt Out of Free Bus Pass Program

The new free Downtown bus pass program — now dubbed C-Pass and set to roll out in June — has been hailed as an innovative approach to solving the Downtown parking shortage and a new way to convert car-centric commuters in Columbus into bus riders. The program is made possible by a host of partners, […]

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