East Main Street BRT Corridor

An opportunity to create a signature mobility corridor within the region

The East Main corridor extends from High Street and Spring Street to Taylor road, representing 13 miles of diverse people, communities and businesses that connect within and beyond Central Ohio.

New high-capacity rapid transit on East Main will increase access to jobs, schools, and healthcare for all members of the community, including seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, students, and working families, making Central Ohio a more affordable and equitable community.

It's part of a multi-corridor vision to link us all together.

Through the summer of 2022, the LinkUS team will develop a 30% design for the East Main High-Capacity BRT Corridor that will:

  • Identify and design corridor-specific improvements to public infrastructure and COTA’s operations
  • Determine technologies, station locations, street right-of-way design and corridor endpoints
  • Understand the potential impacts to the diverse residential and business communities along these corridors, with special interest in underserved communities

We are envisioning integrated, high-capacity transit that gives residents community access to jobs, education, thriving business communities and the city’s vibrant, unique culture. With nearly three million residents expected in our region by 2050, now is the time to reimagine how we can move faster, safer and smarter from east to west.

Neighborhoods included in this project:

  • Downtown Columbus
  • Olde Towne East
  • King-Lincoln/Bronzeville
  • Near East Side
  • Franklin Park
  • Eastlawn
  • Mideast
  • Bexley
  • Whitehall
  • Far East
  • Jefferson Township
  • Reynoldsburg

In July 2021, the COTA Board of Trustees adopted three Locally Preferred Alternatives (LPAs), voting to move the East Main Street and West Broad Street high-capacity BRT Corridors into the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Capital Investment Grants (CIG) program process.

Fun Facts About East Main BRT Corridor

  • The BRT will operate in a dedicated guideway for 11 miles, switching to mixed traffic in Bexley.
  • 18 stations are planned along the route. The exact placement of these facilities will be coordinated with the local community during the design phase.
  • East Main Street BRT will feature large stations with level boarding, access for people with disabilities and transit signal priority to reduce BRT travel times.
  • BRT can support access to the 99,730 jobs within the East Main Street Corridor and connect people to economic opportunities.
  • The BRT design will be responsive to preferences of the community being served.
  • BRT can help connect the 59% of residents on East Main Street who live in an area of persistent poverty to jobs, healthcare, education and other community resources.

Two Phases of the East-West Corridor

In July 2021, the COTA Board of Trustees adopted three Locally Preferred Alternatives (LPAs), voting to move the East Main Street and West Broad Street high-capacity BRT Corridors into the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Capital Investment Grants (CIG) program process.

Phase 2 of the project began in January 2022!

The LinkUS public engagement process supports the technical analysis of these projects through stakeholder and public engagement to gather feedback and insight from the community. These community insights are used to help develop a 30% design for the East Main and West Broad Street high-capacity BRT Corridors.

Phase 1

During Phase 1 of the project, from December 2020 through July 2021, we gained insights from the community and made initial plans for the project. Read the FAQs to learn more about Phase 1.

We Want To Hear From You!

If your organization would like to have a one-on-one conversation about the East Main Corridor, please let us know at info@linkuscolumbus.com, and we can set up a meeting with our project team and we’ll make them a part of the Community Vision Board!

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