The East-West Corridors represent 20 miles of diverse people, communities and businesses that connect within and beyond Central Ohio. The goal of the East-West Corridors Plan is to expand the ability and options for our community to get where they need to go and create great spaces to increase residents’ quality of life. We want to work with the community to reimagine what reliable transit and shorter travel times could mean in expanding opportunities for everyone.
An opportunity to create a signature mobility corridor within the region
Central Ohio’s current and future residents need more mobility options. This plan will evaluate how high-capacity transit can carry more people with greater reliability, more frequent service, fewer stops and shorter travel times. 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. The East-West Corridors stretches along W. Broad St. from Galloway Rd. to Downtown, and along E. Broad St./E. Main St. from Downtown to the Franklin County line to the east.
Neighborhoods included in this project:
- Prairie Township
- Franklin Township
- Downtown Columbus
- Olde Towne East
- Near East Side
- Franklin Park
- Far East
- Jefferson Township
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Why the East-West Corridors?
The East-West Corridors project is part of the LinkUS Mobility Initiative, a transformational vision for growth and mobility in Central Ohio. LinkUS is led by the City of Columbus, COTA, MORPC, and Franklin County to help address the challenges facing our growing region with a focus on managing traffic congestion and ensuring equitable access to jobs, housing, promoting economic growth and improving sustainability. Informed by several regional mobility efforts, LinkUS will provide a complete mobility system along key regional corridors, including high capacity and advanced rapid transit, technology solutions, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, and development.
Phase One of the East-West Corridors development process will capture the mobility needs of the community and identify improvements to best meet them. The outcome will be a recommendation of a locally preferred alternative. Improvements might include:
- High-capacity transit alignments and technologies
- Station locations
- COTA operational improvements
- Public infrastructure improvements
- Street right-of-way design
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The East-West Corridors Plan has three areas
The west end of the corridor begins in Prairie Township at Galloway Rd., then continues along W. Broad St. to Downtown Columbus. This area includes neighborhoods such as Westgate, the Hilltop and Franklinton.
From Downtown Columbus to the Franklin County line in Jefferson Township, the corridor includes both E. Main and E. Broad. There will be just one alignment selected for high-capacity transit investment, but mobility improvements could be proposed for both E. Main and E. Broad streets.
This corridor travels through East Columbus as well as the cities of Bexley, Whitehall and Reynoldsburg, then ends in Jefferson Township.
Both the east and west corridors converge in Downtown Columbus.
Consistent with LinkUS goals, each segment of the East-West Corridors will consider mobility needs through the lens of moving every life forward. This includes considering access to jobs, affordable housing and improved quality of life.