Ohio State University’s newest president says the institution is committing $400 million over five years to lower students’ costs and improve the value of their education.
About 600 drivers and mechanics are out on strike today, even after reaching a tentative labor deal with COTA executives late last night.
Thousands of COTA bus riders could find themselves scrambling to get to work next week if union workers go on strike. Union leaders will meet again with COTA executives on Sunday to try to reach an agreement.
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.
The president of the union representing more than 600 COTA employees says the union is prepared to strike if necessary.
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.
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.
“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.
The Columbus Board of Education will send COTA $894,000 to let high schoolers ride for free.
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?
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.