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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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The Scooter Numbers Are In: Here’s How Many People Have Ridden One So Far

Brent Warren Brent Warren The Scooter Numbers Are In: Here’s How Many People Have Ridden One So Far

Over 100,000 people — and maybe as many as 200,000 — have ridden a rentable electric scooter since they were first deployed in Columbus last summer. While that represents the total number of unique users, many people took more than one ride, and the total number of trips by scooter likely exceeds half a million. […]

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Pay-By-Phone Now Available at Meters in the Short North

Brent Warren Brent Warren Pay-By-Phone Now Available at Meters in the Short North

The City of Columbus has rolled out a mobile payment option for parking meters in the Short North. New stickers, directing people to download an app called ParkColumbus, have been placed on about 600 parking meters in the neighborhood To pay for parking using the app, users will need to enter the zone number posted […]

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Self-Driving Shuttles Arrive in Columbus

Walker Evans Walker Evans Self-Driving Shuttles Arrive in Columbus

On Monday, curious riders can take a spin in an autonomous vehicle in Downtown Columbus, traversing a short span in the RiverSouth area along the Scioto Mile. New vehicles will offer free rides on a loop — dubbed “Smart Circuit” — between the Smart Columbus Experience Center and COSI. “Smart Circuit gives us an opportunity […]

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City and COTA Looking into Pop-Up Bus Lane, Other Ideas from Pitch Event

Brent Warren Brent Warren City and COTA Looking into Pop-Up Bus Lane, Other Ideas from Pitch Event

A pop-up bus lane on West Broad Street? That’s one of the ideas that came out of a transit innovation weekend held last month at the Idea Foundry. The event, called Thrive Columbus and hosted by the national organization Purple Aisle, brought together a group of about 100 local residents, neighborhood leaders and transit experts […]

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Local Company Gets the Nod to Develop Trip Planning App

Brent Warren Brent Warren Local Company Gets the Nod to Develop Trip Planning App

Smart Columbus has selected the locally-based company MTECH Solutions to develop the trip planning and common payment system app that has been touted as a key element of the project. The app would allow users to plan trips across multiple platforms and systems, comparing (and combining) the many different mobility options now available in Columbus, […]

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