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.

Could Cincinnati Derail Ohio's Plans?

Posted by Columbus Transit On 10:46 AM
Cincinnati is poised to derail the state-wide and regional plans for intercity and high-speed rail through one organization's anti-rail tirade and another organization's lack of oversight.

Cincinnati has been planning for some time to build a streetcar loop through its downtown, but anti-transit and anti-tax groups have been gathering to defeat the proposal. COAST, Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes, and Cincinnati's local chapter of the NAACP have teamed up to force a ballot question on the issue. The NAACP believes the money will be better used elsewhere in the city, while COAST is largely opposed to all government ventures of the type. Together, the two have successfully petitioned to get a charter amendment on the ballot, but if approved, the measure would have unintended consequences.

The NAACP and COAST's petition asks for a vote on ALL passenger rail initiatives within the city. That is, any time a passenger rail line is proposed, it must be approved by voters before it can be built. Rather than limiting the scope to the streetcar as was the NAACP's motive, COAST has made an underhanded attempt to require ballot approval on all passenger rail. If passed, this petition will mean that Cincinnati citizens will need to approve the 3-C Corridor and the Ohio Hub, pushing back the implementation of such plans for months. Given the nature of the stimulus bill which calls for swift ventures, a required ballot approval, which could delay the process by 10 to 12 months, could scuttle Ohio's attempt to be incorporated into a high-speed rail system. And that is even if voters approve the measure! If they were not to approve the plan, would a Columbus-Cleveland line still be effective? Or would the 3-C corridor be scrapped and any high speed rail terminate in Cleveland? Yet despite the sweeping consequences of the ballot measure, the groups rallying for it are billing it as a strictly streetcar-focused matter, confusing the public.

This ballot measure has consequences for almost every citizen of the state because we would all benefit from the implementation and economic benefits of high-speed rail and the federal dollars that come with it. Even some media outlets in the city opposed to the streetcar line have also come out in opposition to the ballot petition for its ability to hamper development. This is something CBT will watch closely. The vote will take place on the November 2009 ballot.

46 Response to "Could Cincinnati Derail Ohio's Plans?"

  1. John Said,

    Good post. I guess we'll just have to end the line in Hamilton, OH or something and everyone in Cincinnati can take the bus.

     

  2. I don't know if there would have to be a city-wide vote on that tho! :-O

     

  3. Randy Simes Said,

    The amendment's language is even worse than you illustrate here. If the Anti-Passenger Rail Amendment is approved then it would require voter approval for the spending of any monies by the City for passenger rail related projects. That would include preliminary studies and the like.

    That means that if the City were to look to apply for grants to fund a rail system, they would first have to get voter approval on a hypothetical issue so that they could use City Staff time on putting together the grant applications. This would seriously stall, and in reality, stop any rail project in its tracks (pardon the pun). Tt's an absurd ballot initiative and its being driven by hyper-conservative special interest groups in Cincinnati that worked tirelessly to defeat Cincinnati's light rail plan in 2002. We could certainly use as much help as possible as the November election nears.

     


  4. That is just ridiculous Randy! Do you happen to know any groups formed against the ballot measure that I may be able to blog about?
    CBT

     

  5. Randy, there is no need to make stuff up. Here is the language (which I oppose):

    Be it resolved by the people of the City of Cincinnati that a new Article XVI of the Charter is hereby added as follows: The City, and its various Boards and Commissions, may not spend any monies for right-of-way acquisition or construction of improvements for passenger rail transportation (e.g., a trolley or streetcar) within the city limits without first submitting the question of approval of such expenditure to a vote of the electorate of the City and receiving a majority affirmative vote for the same.

    Grant applications are not "right of way acquisitions" or "construction of improvements."

     

  6. JonWhite40 Said,

    The conservative headlock around Cincinnati really really prevents it from being a vibrant city.

     

  7. Columbus Transit,

    Not all of Cincinnati agrees with the anti-everything COAST and NAACP. Check out cincinnatiansforprogress.com which has formed to oppose this ballot issue. We don't want to stop the 3C Corridor from happening, we would very much like to be a part of it.

     

  8. jennifer Said,

    Cincinnati, as a whole, hates anything new or progressive. But I agree with previous posters...not all of us are that way. It's especially frustrating when it is so simple to see how this would benefit us, but in a city where public transportation is thought of as a novelty by most, things don't look good.

     

  9. Anonymous Said,

    Thanks for some other magnificent article. Where else may anybody get that
    type of information in such a perfect means
    of writing? I have a presentation subsequent week, and I'm on the look for such info.

    my web-site ... visit
    my page - the porn tube

     

  10. Anonymous Said,

    It's amazing designed for me to have a website, which is beneficial in favor of my experience. thanks admin

    Take a look at my site; http://dev2.sevenyards.com/link/10303

     

  11. Anonymous Said,

    It is the best time to make some plans for
    the future and it is time to be happy. I've read this post and if I could I wish to suggest you few interesting things or suggestions. Perhaps you could write next articles referring to this article. I wish to read even more things about it!

    Here is my site: http://daman371designs.com/modules.php?name=Your_Account&op=userinfo&username=ChetLoy

     

  12. Anonymous Said,

    Hello, this weekend is nice in favor of me, since this
    time i am reading this enormous informative post here at my residence.


    Here is my web blog - see more
    Also see my page: click Here

     

  13. Anonymous Said,

    It's a shame you don't have a donate button! I'd certainly donate to this excellent blog! I guess for now i'll settle
    for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account.

    I look forward to brand new updates and will talk about this site with my Facebook group.
    Chat soon!

    Look into my blog :: http://Digitalhuset.net/wbb/index.php?page=User&userID=1501

     

  14. Anonymous Said,

    I am truly thankful to the owner of this web site who has
    shared this fantastic piece of writing at at this place.


    Also visit my page; See More
    My webpage - more

     

  15. Anonymous Said,

    Howdy! I could have sworn I've been to this blog before but after reading through some of the post I realized it's new to me.
    Nonetheless, I'm definitely delighted I found it and I'll be
    book-marking and checking back often!

    my page ... in porn

     

  16. Anonymous Said,

    It's awesome designed for me to have a web page, which is useful in support of my knowledge. thanks admin

    My blog :: 독도과거대회-충북 - 2012년 전국 고등학생 독도과거대회(충북지역) 수상 내역
    my website :: more

     

  17. Anonymous Said,

    Piece of writing writing is also a fun, if you be familiar
    with then you can write otherwise it is complicated to write.


    My webpage ... pornharvest.com

     

  18. Anonymous Said,

    Asking questions are genuinely good thing if you are
    not understanding something completely, except this paragraph presents pleasant understanding
    even.

    Feel free to surf to my page ... visit website

     

  19. Anonymous Said,

    Its not my first time to pay a visit this web
    page, i am visiting this website dailly and get pleasant data from here all the time.


    Take a look at my weblog click here

     

  20. Anonymous Said,

    Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any
    widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
    I've been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this. Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

    my web blog: at Campus Orgies - Campusorgies.net

     

  21. Anonymous Said,

    Hey! This post could not be written any better! Reading
    this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept talking about this.
    I will forward this write-up to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read.
    Thank you for sharing!

    my webpage; [主页]

     

  22. Anonymous Said,

    Hi! I simply want to give you a big thumbs up for the great info you've got right here on this post. I will be coming back to your site for more soon.

    My blog post - lidija naked paradise

     

  23. Anonymous Said,

    Howdy! This article couldn't be written much better! Looking through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He always kept talking about this. I will send this article to him. Fairly certain he's
    going to have a very good read. I appreciate you for sharing!


    My web blog - into Nubiles Net Katie Marie Nubile Katie Marie Shows Us Her Naked Sexy Frame

     

  24. Anonymous Said,

    Good web site you have here.. It's hard to find good quality writing like yours these days. I honestly appreciate individuals like you! Take care!!

    My web site: click here

     

  25. Anonymous Said,

    You're so interesting! I don't believe I've truly read anything like this before. So great to discover somebody with unique thoughts on this subject. Really.. many thanks for starting this up. This website is one thing that's
    needed on the web, someone with a little originality!


    Take a look at my website :: or Retro Porn

     

  26. Anonymous Said,

    Fantastic goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you're just extremely fantastic. I really like what you have acquired here, certainly like what you're stating and the way in which you say it.
    You make it enjoyable and you still take care
    of to keep it wise. I can't wait to read far more from you. This is really a tremendous website.

    Here is my web page: 1

     

  27. Anonymous Said,

    Thanks for any other fantastic article. The place else could anyone get that kind of information
    in such a perfect manner of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I'm on the search for such information.

    My page of Giant Natural Boobs Get Tied Up Tight And Gang Banged

     

  28. Anonymous Said,

    Having read this I thought it was rather informative.
    I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this article together.
    I once again find myself spending way too much time both reading and commenting.

    But so what, it was still worth it!

    Feel free to visit my web site was A Teen Gets Her Taint Stretched With A Double Penetration

     

  29. Anonymous Said,

    Everyone loves it when people get together
    and share thoughts. Great site, keep it up!

    Also visit my site ... http://bustydd.net/?q=big+tits+stockings

     

  30. Anonymous Said,

    It's impressive that you are getting thoughts from this paragraph as well as from our argument made here.

    my website http://Hi3.us/Celebrity-Actresses-Who-Were-Porn-Stars-Early-In-Their-Career.htm

     

  31. Anonymous Said,

    Whats up this is somewhat of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML.
    I'm starting a blog soon but have no coding skills so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!

    My blog; More Information - Ragecraftrc.Net

     

  32. Anonymous Said,

    I am really delighted to glance at this blog posts which carries
    plenty of useful data, thanks for providing such data.


    my webpage; click through the up coming website - Chatclimax.com

     

  33. Anonymous Said,

    I know this website gives quality dependent content and extra material, is there any other site which
    presents such stuff in quality?

    Also visit my page :: Email address

     

  34. Anonymous Said,

    Can I simply say what a relief to uncover somebody
    that really understands what they are talking about on the
    net. You definitely know how to bring a problem to light
    and make it important. A lot more people have to look at
    this and understand this side of your story. I was surprised that you aren't more popular because you surely have the gift.

    Review my web page :: click Here

     

  35. Anonymous Said,

    Can you tell us more about this? I'd love to find out some additional information.

    my homepage - Email Console

     

  36. Anonymous Said,

    Hurrah, that's what I was searching for, what a information! present here at this webpage, thanks admin of this web site.

    Visit my blog post ... link

     

  37. Anonymous Said,

    Pretty! This has been an extremely wonderful post.
    Thank you for providing this info.

    Feel free to surf to my website :: nubile refers to a young girl who's Willing or right for marriage by virtue of.

     

  38. Anonymous Said,

    Fantastic goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you
    are just extremely magnificent. I actually
    like what you have acquired here, really like what
    you're saying and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it wise. I can't wait to read much more from you.

    This is actually a great web site.

    My blog; see more

     

  39. Anonymous Said,

    Thanks to my father who informed me concerning
    this weblog, this web site is genuinely awesome.


    Review my web-site ... see more

     

  40. Anonymous Said,

    This site definitely has all the information and facts I needed about this subject and
    didn't know who to ask.

    my weblog: http://www.plantlife.org.uk/member/98552/

     

  41. Anonymous Said,

    This is the perfect website for anybody who would like to understand this
    topic. You realize so much its almost tough to argue with you (not that I personally
    will need to…HaHa). You certainly put a brand new spin on a topic which
    has been discussed for decades. Great stuff, just wonderful!


    Here is my page; http://pornharvest.com/index.php?m=2468149

     

  42. Anonymous Said,

    If you want to improve your knowledge just keep visiting this web site and be
    updated with the latest news posted here.

    Review my homepage a Gallery

     

  43. Anonymous Said,

    Right away I am going away to do my breakfast, later than having my breakfast coming over
    again to read further news.

    my web site ... official statement

     

  44. Anonymous Said,

    I visited several websites however the audio
    feature for audio songs present at this site is actually marvelous.


    My web-site ... 1

     

  45. Anonymous Said,

    I'm gone to convey my little brother, that he should also pay a quick visit this weblog on regular basis to get updated from newest information.

    My webpage ... Click Here

     

Post a Comment

    Featured-video