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.

3-C Corridor Stations

Posted by Columbus Transit On 7:49 PM

The 3-C Corridor is one of the most critical developments in Ohio's rail system in decades because it has the potential to change the public view of rail transit. If successful, the line could spark a massive reinvestment in our state's rail services. If a failure, the line could destroy the public perception of rail for decades more. For that reason, the planning of this initial line could be pivotal in seeing improved Amtrak service, light rail service, and commuter rail lines and care must be taken with such an important task. As such, today's Dispatch article outlining small town attempts to fit a station into their district poses a very real question to planners: where should stations be built? Should the service strictly be a Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnatti line? Should the rail stop in every small town? It seems planners would like something in between, but exactly where those stops are remains up in the air. At what point are more stops excessive? Should we trade a stop in Mansfield or Canton for a faster trip to Cleveland? I don't know but would love to know where readers think stops should be. Happy Planning! CBT

3 Response to "3-C Corridor Stations"

  1. John Said,

    I would be okay with seeing a relatively high number of stations, but I think there would need to be a mix of express and local trains. Some trains could skip some or all of the local stations in order to provide faster trips. It would even be nice to see local commuter rail in the big cities stopping every mile or two and sharing the same tracks.


  2. Anonymous Said,

    I found the article myself, but the link for the Dispatch article did not work. Is it my problem or is the link not right?


  3. Sorry about that! Should work now!


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