What is LinkUS?
LinkUS is an implementation initiative created to address the future of key regional corridors in central Ohio and the communities they serve. It is a critical next step to advance recent regional growth management efforts including MORPC’s insight2050 Corridor Concepts study.
What is a mobility corridor?
A mobility corridor is a term used to describe major thoroughfares in the region and the communities along them that will be the focus for significant transportation investments, including high capacity transit and other multimodal improvements, coupled with strategic housing and job creation opportunities.
Who is involved in LinkUS?
COTA, MORPC, Franklin County and the City of Columbus represent the lead implementing agencies of the LinkUS initiative. Aligning LinkUS priorities to other existing regional efforts such Central Ohio Greenways, the Regional Housing Strategy and the Franklin County Blueprint on Poverty is key to reaching our goals. In addition, significant portions of nearly all of the region’s major transportation corridors are located in Columbus and connect to other communities, so many other jurisdictions will also play an important role. As Central Ohio’s primary transit service provider, COTA is committed to serving all communities within its service area. MORPC’s role as the region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization ensures that multi-jurisdictional collaboration will be a critical element of this effort. As the largest city in Central Ohio, Columbus necessarily must play a major role in this initiative. Significant portions of nearly all of the region’s major transportation corridors are located in Columbus and connect other jurisdictions to the capital city. As individual corridor implementation efforts proceed, many other jurisdictions will play an important role. Multiple partnerships will be needed to successfully achieve the goals of LinkUS.
Can members of the public participate?
Yes! Community insight is very important in planning for the future. Nobody knows the corridors better than the people who use them—and live, work and play along them—every day. There will be ways for the public to get involved, including online surveys and other opportunities. In light of the impacts of COVID-19 and social distancing, a special effort will be made to make the process equitable (easily accessible to ensure that all who care about the corridors have the choice to participate). Please monitor this website or sign up for email notifications here.