City Wants High-Tech Traffic Control

Posted by Columbus Transit On June - 28 - 2010

The City of Columbus wants to invest $36.8 million to purchase a high-tech system that would give traffic controllers direct access to coordinate traffic lights across the city. When traffic backs up because of an accident, congestion, or re-routing, traffic controllers could change lights with a flick of a switch to get cars moving more quickly through intersections.

COTA Offices Move Downtown

Posted by Columbus Transit On June - 28 - 2010

The Central Ohio Transit Authority moved its headquarters downtown recently into the newly remodeled building at 33 North High Street. The $13.6 million renovation of the 10-story downtown building includes a new customer-service counter where passengers can purchase tickets and extensive green features such as energy-saving lighting. COTA is in the process of applying for LEED Certification for the renovation. COTA will utilize seven of the 10 stories and will rent the other three out. Notably, the building does not include parking as COTA employees are expected to utilize the bus.

YPCOTA Kicks Off

Posted by Columbus Transit On June - 17 - 2010

Young Professionals Columbus and COTA have teamed up to encourage 'social transit' through a month-long initiative combining transit with social networking.

New Parking Meter Rates Coming

Posted by Columbus Transit On June - 17 - 2010

Crews are changing the parking meter prices and times on meters in the downtown and Short North area, as well as adding 400 new parking meters to previously free spaces. The changes come after a long debate about how best to up rates to help pay for the construction of a new convention center hotel. The original rate change, pulled from the funding plan for the shelved Columbus Streetcar initiative, upset business owners in the up-and-coming Gay Street area and downtown. A commission revised the plan which was approved and is now being implemented.

CBus Transit Opens

Posted by Columbus Transit On 6:02 PM
As one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the state of Ohio, Columbus and Central Ohio deserve multiple options for travelling the city and the region. Right now, the citizens of Columbus sorely lack options for transit. This needs to change, and with the dedicated work of the community, politicians, and yes, even bloggers, CBT hopes to watch a dramatic shift occur. CBT is here to document, inform, and discover what agencies across the region and state are doing to provide you with the means to get where you want to go.

2 Response to "CBus Transit Opens"

  1. Bart Said,

    "Right now, the citizens of Columbus sorely lack options for transit."

    Really? Compared to what or who? It takes money - tax money, to provided more options. Is this the time to go to taxpayers and and ask for more? Cities across the nation are cutting service and raising fares. Thankfully, not so in Columbus...yet.


  2. Emar Tino Said,

    While I do not presume to speak for the author of the blog, in considering whether Columbus is sorely lacking in options for transit, I would start by defining "trasit". If we are talking about traditional public transit (meaning directly funded or operated by local, state or federal government), then buses, light-rail, streetcars, subways and trains are some of the different types of public transit (assuming we are talking about Amtrak style train and not private trains). Of those, Columbus has buses. No subway, no light rail, no streetcars, and I believe Columbus is the largest US metro area with no passenger rail service. So by those measures, Columbus does not have any transit options at all: buses are the only option.

    Cost is a huge factor, and I am grateful for the COTA option, though I do seem to recall cuts being implimented over the past 5 years. As to cost, I hope the author is able to bring in some information about the relative cost of transporation when the full cost of each mode is taken into account and also bring in information on how transit offers transportation options to people who otherwise cannot use the private car option (the young, elderly, handicapped, or poor).


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