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.

3C: Who Will Vote?

Posted by Columbus Transit On 5:21 PM

As of just recently, Ohio's Controlling Board voted 4-3 to spend $25 million for a detailed study of the rail corridor which would connect Ohio's biggest cities by rail for the first time in more the 3 decades. This would be one of the last studies before the remainder of the $400 million grant given by the Federal government for construction of the line could be spent. For that money to be spent, however, a 5-2 majority vote is needed by the Controlling Board. That bodes poorly for the completion of the line. Or does it?

Of the three Senators voting 'no,' two are facing term limitations this year. Both David Goodman and John Carey will be retiring from the Senate in December. Depending on the length of time it will take to complete this study, the composition of the Controlling Board will be changed. Those changes could mean the fate of rail's return to the state.

1 Response to "3C: Who Will Vote?"

  1. Anonymous Said,

    I wrote this (for a term paper) on how to get the supermajority next time. Being new to the area I'd like to know what you think.


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