West Broad Street is already one of the highest ridership transit corridors in Central Ohio, connecting key destinations, neighborhoods and job centers.

Upgrading the West Broad Street corridor to Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) increases access to jobs, businesses, 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.

With 3.14 million new residents expected in our region by 2050, now is the time to reimagine how to sustainably and equitably move more people faster, safer and smarter.

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

Neighborhoods include:

  • Prairie Township
  • OhioHealth Doctors Hospital
  • Franklin Township
  • Hollywood Casino
  • Hilltop
  • Westgate
  • Franklinton
  • Downtown Columbus
  • Franklin University
  • Columbus State Community College

What is Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)?

Bus Rapid Transit, commonly known as BRT, is a high-quality, bus-based transportation system that is designed to deliver fast, cost-effective and comfortable services to meet the needs of metro areas. By providing dedicated lanes specifically for rapid transit — most often at the center of road — it is more reliable and convenient than traditional bus systems.

What would Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) upgrades mean for
West Broad Street?

  • Larger, zero-emission transit vehicles that comfortably fit more people
  • Improved transit travel speed and reliability
  • Improved passenger waiting areas at modern stations

Community Inspired Station Designs

After meeting with residents earlier in 2022, our project team released the first station design concepts in December 2022. More than 100 community members joined the project team via Zoom and Facebook Live to get a first look at concepts for transit stations and mobility updates along LinkUS corridors.

New stations along the LinkUS corridors will enhance the rapid transit experience for our residents and visitors. View the station concepts in greater detail and provide feedback here.

The number of corridor miles that will operate on a dedicated guideway.
The number of stations planned along the route. The exact placement of these facilities will be coordinated with the local community during the design phase.
The number of jobs that the West Broad Street BRT Corridor can connect people to by 2040.
The percentage of residents on West Broad Street who live in an area of persistent poverty. BRT can help to connect the community to jobs, healthcare, education and other resources.

Project Timeline & History


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 BRT Corridors into the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Capital Investment Grants (CIG) program process.

Learn more about the West Main LPA.

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 BRT Corridors.


Our project team met with hundreds of residents to learn more about what enhancements to mobility and transit can look like in central Ohio neighborhoods. From virtual meetings to community festivals and a bike-a-long event, LinkUS reached more than 10,000 residents and businesses to spread the word about the West Broad and East Main Street BRT Corridors.

The West Broad Street BRT Corridor is accepted into the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program, which is the main federal funding source for large transit projects.


We are approaching 30% design completion and will proceed toward 60% design through 2023. 


Virtual public meeting recordings
LinkUS Station Design Concepts December 2022
LinkUS West Broad and East Main Project Updates April 2022
LinkUS Biking Community Meeting March 2022

Get Connected to LinkUS

If your organization would like to have a one-on-one conversation about the West Broad Street BRT Corridor, please let us know at info@linkuscolumbus.com.