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Job Dispersion Away From Downtown Poses Challenge For COTA

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A COTA bus nears the Broad High intersection downtown. Most COTA routes begin and end downtown even as suburbs build employment on perimeter of city.
8:28AM
June
4, 2012

The Central Ohio Transit Authority says it will enter competition next year for federal monies to get more workers to their job sites. Job growth often occurs in areas poorly served by bus routes and COTA faces obstacles changing its route system to serve newer employment sites.

COTA Vote On Contract Sets Up Possible Labor Dispute

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The president of the union representing more than 600 COTA employees says the union is prepared to strike if necessary.
9:15AM
April
27, 2012

The president of the union representing more than 600 COTA employees says the union is prepared to strike if necessary.

COTA Faces Potential Labor Unrest

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A COTA bus stops at intersection on North High Street
11:47AM
April
23, 2012

The Central Ohio Transit Authority faces a potential strike by its drivers and maintenance workers. Union membership has given its leaders authorization to call a strike pending the outcome of a contract vote later today.

Columbus Bus Ridership Spikes

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The Central Transit Authority is using more hybrid buses as ridership expands.
2:45PM
December
8, 2011

A new snapshot of public transit shows Columbus had the highest percentage increase in bus ridership in the nation. During the last three months, the Central Ohio Transit Authority boosted ridership by nearly 11 percent.

Transit Authority Drops Plan To Move High Street Stops

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Ohio Statehouse at Broad and High Streets
1:52PM
October
14, 2011

“We did get comments that it was racially motivated and economically motivated but that did not factor into either our initial plans to move it or our decision to leave the route where it is.” Bill Lhota, COTA President.

Columbus High Schoolers Keep Free Rides

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The Columbus School Board will send COTA $894,000 to let high schoolers ride for free.
7:55AM
September
28, 2011

The Columbus Board of Education will send COTA $894,000 to let high schoolers ride for free.

What Would It Take For You To Leave Your Car At Home?

Posted: September 19, 2011

The Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission Thursday will ask Central Ohio drivers to leave their cars at home. MORPC wants drivers to walk, ride their bikes, take the bus or car pool. What would it take for you to leave your car at home every day?

What If 78,000 Central Ohioans Stopped Driving, For Good?

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Central Ohio Transit Authority bus. COTA says it could not handle 78,000 new riders quickly.
5:00AM
September
19, 2011

Central Ohioans always are being encouraged to take alternate modes of transportation, be it the bus, a bike or just walking. And this Thursday, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission wants people to abandon their car for the day. WOSU takes a look at what would happen if people really abandoned their cars in Central Ohio, for good.

COTA’s New Assessment Center Worries Disabled Riders

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On Wednesday the Central Ohio Transit Authority held a grand opening ceremony for its Mobility Services Facility on Fields Avenue in Columbus.
12:00AM
April
27, 2011

On Wednesday the Central Ohio Transit Authority held a grand opening ceremony for its Mobility Services Facility on Fields Avenue in Columbus. Mobility Services is the part of COTA that provides transportation for disabled riders under the “Mainstream” program. But the addition of a new assessment center has some disabled riders worried.

Transit Authority Takes Look At Buses On High Street Downtown.

COTA buses at Midday near Broad and High.
12:00AM
January 28, 2011

An independent transit consultant is looking at how the Central Ohio Transit Authority serves downtown Columbus. One suggestion is to re-route most COTA buses off High Street between the Franklin County courthouse and Nationwide Boulevard.