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.

Cincinnati Votes to Fund Streetcar

Posted by Columbus Transit On 1:38 PM

Yesterday, Cincinnati City Council approved funding $67 million for the construction of a downtown streetcar line. That money would cover two-thirds of the cost for construction of the line. The city hopes the federal or state government will step in to fund the remaining costs of the line through different grant programs. With assurances that construction could begin if federal dollars are added, the city is more likely to receive grants for the streetcar. For more information, a great blog devoted to the transit line can be found here.

While this website focuses on transit in Columbus, the Cincinnati Streetcar, if built, could have positive effects for the Capital. This would be the first modern streetcar built in the state and one of few in the country, yet would be just a short train ride away (pending construction of the 3C Corridor). That distance would allow people to experience the streetcar more easily. If built and designed well, of course, the streetcar system in Cincinnati could help make the case for further investments in transit throughout the state.

While funding seems to be a minor issue for the streetcar at the moment and a public vote has already been held on transit issues in the city, opponents of the streetcar are promising to push for a second public vote on the rail line.

1 Response to "Cincinnati Votes to Fund Streetcar"

  1. Grinder Said,

    Awesome - that is much better then rickshaws that I'm trying to get Columbus WI to fund!

    Seriously though - I believe a street car is a fantastic idea for a larger city like you have! I hope the citizens embrace the idea!

    Rod

     

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