East-West Corridors

An opportunity to create signature mobility corridors within the region

The East-West Corridors include East Main and West Broad streets, representing 20 miles of diverse people, communities and businesses that connect within and beyond Central Ohio.

New high-capacity rapid transit on West Broad and 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 all of us together.

Through the summer of 2022, the LinkUS team will develop a 30% design for the East Main and West Broad Street High-Capacity BRT Corridors 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:

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

Phase 2 of the East-West Corridors Project

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. These plans are to be submitted to the FTA in the summer of 2022. The design 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

About 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.

Phase 1 FAQs

We Want To Hear From You!

If your organization would like to have a one-on-one conversation about the East-West Corridors project, please let us know at info@linkuscolumbus.com, and we can set up a meeting with our project team.

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Learn more about the East-West Corridors project updates and insights from our community by checking out our virtual meetings now available on YouTube.

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