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LinkUS Mobility Initiative

LinkUS is a growth and mobility initiative to better connect our community and businesses so everyone can share in Central Ohio’s success. LinkUS will create an integrated mobility system that will make it easier to walk, bike or take public transit in our region’s busiest areas. It will increase access to jobs, schools and healthcare for all members of the community. This includes seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, students and working families.

In June 2022, a Community Action Plan was released, outlining recommendations presented by the LinkUS Executive and Steering committees. It showcases the who, what and how for investment in mobility through the LinkUS program. The Community Action Plan can be found here.

July 29, 2022 in News and Events

Will higher gas prices bring calls to expand public transit in Ohio? Probably not

Featured in The Columbus Dispatch Studies have found that higher gas prices typically do not prompt new expansion and funding for public transit. COTA rides have fallen drastically since the…
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July 14, 2022 in News and Events

Sen. Sherrod Brown, Ohio leaders tour proposed $2 billion rapid transit route

Featured in NBC4 Senator Sherrod Brown is working on an infrastructure bill that would integrate housing within transportation systems in Columbus, which is a main key for the LinkUS initiative…
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The Northwest Corridor links major institutions and employment centers along an increasingly congested thoroughfare with multiple engineering challenges. A Phase 1 study was completed in 2021 identifying a BRT alignment from Downtown Columbus to Bethel Road along Olentangy River Road. The next phase of study is underway and will confirm the remainder of the alignment to the City of Dublin, as well as preliminary right-of-way designs.
High Street (#2 & 102) COTA lines are highest ridership in region and run through the region’s densest residential corridor, connecting OSU’s Main Campus to Downtown Columbus. Continued transit infrastructure and service enhancements should be explored. Past studies have considered various modes and alignments options.
COTA implemented the CMAX (enhanced service/Arterial BRT) along Cleveland Avenue in 2018. NextGen and Corridor Concepts assumed partial alignment on abandoned rail right-ofway. Near-term relocation is unlikely, but continued transit infrastructure and service enhancement of existing route should be explored.
Various configurations studied via NextGen and JET (Jobs, Expansion and Transportation) Task Force (2014). Eventual integration into rapid transit system is desirable. Requires future mode and alignment analysis.
Rickenbacker connection is highly desirable to link workers to jobs. Some street alignments studied in NextGen and Corridor Concepts are physically constrained. Requires future mode and alignment analysis.
The East Main Street BRT Corridor runs from High Street and Spring Street to Taylor Road, a 13-mile alignment (from Downtown Columbus through Bexley and Whitehall to Reynoldsburg).
The West Broad Street BRT Corridor runs from Westwoods Boulevard to Washington Avenue, an 8.5-mile alignment (from Prairie Township through Westgate, the Hilltop and Franklinton, ending in Downtown Columbus).
East Broad Street BRT Corridor from Souder Avenue to Taylor Road, is a 13.6 mile stretch from Franklinton through Bexley and Whitehall to Jefferson Township. East Broad is adopted as a Locally Preferred Alternative and added to Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s Long Range Metropolitan Transportation Plan.
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