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.

City Wants High-Tech Traffic Control

Posted by Columbus Transit On 11:51 AM 8 comments

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.

The system is already in place in parts of downtown Columbus, but the new investment would expand the area of control to places as far away as I-270. That would give operators much more control over the region's traffic patterns.

The new system would replace an aging 1970s traffic light network that could also take into account new forms of transportation. While currently bikers at some intersections have to wait for a vehicle to activate a signal, new sensors in the system could recognize two-wheeled travelers and switch the light for them as well.

The system will be implemented in phases meant to be complete by 2018. You can find more information here. A press release from the city can be downloaded here.

COTA Offices Move Downtown

Posted by Columbus Transit On 11:24 AM 0 comments

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.

Check out Columbus Underground for some great pictures here and the Dispatch for their take here.

YPCOTA Kicks Off

Posted by Columbus Transit On 9:20 PM 0 comments

Young Professionals Columbus and COTA have teamed up to encourage 'social transit' through a month-long initiative combining transit with social networking. Information on the event can be found in the press release below as well as on the YPCOTA Facebook page.

YPCOTA Bus Challenge 2010 – Thursday, June 17-Thursday, July 15

“Ditch the keys. Ride the Bus.”

Will you take up the Challenge? Join locals from all backgrounds, trades, cultures, and neighborhoods in a social competition to see who can log the most trips made on central Ohio’s public transit system – the bus.

Reliable public transportation is vital in the growth of any city. That’s why Young Professionals of Columbus (YPC) and the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) have come together to create an event that will open eyes, change lifestyles and make the community a little bit “greener” – the YPCOTA Bus Challenge 2010!

If you’re a regular rider, this should be a walk in the park. If you’re a newbie – join the adventure and take that first step toward a transit lifestyle – jump on the bus! You don’t have to do it alone, bring your friends and make it a team affair.

You don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to experience a fresh perspective on urban living, meet new people, attend great events and spontaneous meet-ups, race through scavenger hunts, win prizes and more...

Show off your adventures and upload your photos and videos to the YPCOTA’s Facebook page and Twitter account. We want to see and know it all! Tweet us up in real time. Send pictures and videos to our Facebook page of yourself and teammates living the transit life. Tell us all about it and let the world step into your shoes!

And, don’t forget to keep track of your competitors; their pics and Tweets should prove interesting and give you some great ideas.

For more information, and to join in the fun, search for the YPCOTA Facebook Fan Page.

Stay on top of what’s going on minute-to-minute by following us on Twitter @YPCOTA.

You wouldn’t want to miss out on the weekly meet-ups either!

Know what else? The Challenge is FREE!

Here’s some awards up for grabs:

1. YPCOTA BUS MASTER
2. Most artistic photo on the bus/bus stop
3. Funniest photo on the bus/bus stop
4. Most artistic video on the bus/bus stop
5. Funniest video on the bus/bus stop
6. Best group/team photo/video
7. Social Media Darling: Best comment/story/Tweet about adventures on the bus
8. YsPy Award (winner of the YPCOTA scavenger hunt)
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New Parking Meter Rates Coming

Posted by Columbus Transit On 10:50 AM 0 comments

Crews are changing the parking meter prices and times on meters in the downtown and Short North areas, 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. The costs are as follows:

Half hour meters will cost 50 cents.
Two, three, and six hour meters will cost 75 cents per hour.
Twelve hour meters will cost 40 cents per hour.

Additionally, meters will mostly run until 10 p.m. The changes will raise around $2.1 million annually and will go into full affect by Labor Day.

New Statehouse Bus Shelters Approved

Posted by Columbus Transit On 10:38 AM 0 comments

The City Blog of the Columbus Dispatch announced that the Capital Square Review and Advisory Board has approved the construction of bus shelters on High and Broad in front of the Statehouse. The bus shelters will have architectural elements to help them blend with the historic structure. Currently, no bus shelters exist there and riders sit on the retaining wall in front of the Statehouse grounds or stand in the entrance to the underground parking garage. More information can be found here.

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