How does LinkUS work?
LinkUS will make historic transportation investments to expand public transportation services, sidewalks, bikeways, trails and other mobility options throughout our region. These mobility investments will encourage equitable job and residential growth through development that makes it easier to choose walking, biking or taking transit.
Why do we need LinkUS?
Central Ohio is one of the fastest growing regions in the country and will be a region of 3 million by 2050. LinkUS will drive sustainable growth patterns close to transit, protect open space and farmland and limit traffic impacts for residents throughout Central Ohio. LinkUS will make it easier for residents to access jobs, housing, healthcare and recreation, and it will support more affordable transportation and housing options.
How will LinkUS advance a more equitable region?
LinkUS supports equitable access to enhanced transportation options, affordable housing, jobs and outdoor activities so that every resident can share in the region’s success.
How does LinkUS support sustainability?
Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. LinkUS investments will reduce emissions, improve air quality and help combat climate change.
How is LinkUS funded and how much does it cost?
This is an investment in the future to help manage growth, drive mobility and create opportunity for all. These crucial community investments will require federal funding support and a local match from a potential ballot effort that could generate an average of $210 million annually through 2050. This revenue would be used to make nearly $8 billion in investments in the community to meet current and future growth pressures and to help improve opportunity, affordability and equity in our community. Annual audits and public committees composed of government, business and community leaders ensure strong accountability and oversight of LinkUS.
Who is leading LinkUS?
The City of Columbus, COTA, Franklin County and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) are the primary implementing agencies. All governments within the COTA service area are part of the planning process and play an important role in the implementation of LinkUS.
What is Rapid Transit?
Rapid Transit is an advanced high-quality transit system that delivers fast and efficient service that may include dedicated lanes, busways, traffic signal priority, off-board fare collection, elevated platforms and enhanced stations. Rapid transit implemented as part of the LinkUS initiative should include a suite of features that provide a premium level of service and quality of experience to riders. Learn more here.