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.

High Speed Rail Funds Get A Boost

Posted by Columbus Transit On 12:55 PM
It looks like President Obama's high-speed rail initiative has gained some support in congress. The President's original plan had $8 billion dollars in stimulus funding going towards high-speed rail. That money was approved with the passage of the stimulus bill. Obama further called for an additional $1 billion per year for the next five years. With such a large amount of funding at stake, cities, states, and regions around the country have stepped up in asking for over $102 billion dollars in proposed high-speed projects. In response, the House has stepped up to the plate. The House passed a bill which allocated an additional $4 billion dollars towards high-speed rail for one year as opposed to the $1 billion Obama requested for that year. While that number still needs to be debated and voted on in the Senate, it could mean an overall addition of $3 billion for high-speed rail. CBT will keep you updated as this bill moves through D.C. Check out the main article here.

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