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COTA is working to bring BRT to Cleveland Avenue

COTA invites everyone to a number of public meetings to learn more about the BRT project. The public can provide valuable input into the project including development of unique branding for the BRT.

Click for public involvement information and here for past presentations.

For questions, comments or concerns about the project, or to be added to our mailing list for project updates, email us at COTABRT@cota.com

Project Background

In 2010, COTA began working to bring Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) to Cleveland Avenue. Local Line 1 serving Cleveland Avenue/Livingston is the second busiest route in the system, with a majority of daily ridership occurring along Cleveland Avenue. Line 1 ridership averages nearly 4,800 daily weekday riders, often with standing room only.

FTA Alternative Study Grant

COTA successfully applied for a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant to study transportation alternatives on Cleveland Avenue.

Alternatives Analysis (AA)Study Initiated

The AA was the first step to secure federal funding to implement service and passenger amenity improvements. This effort was coordinated with the City of Columbus, City of Westerville, Franklin County, Clinton Township, the Village of Minerva Park, ODOT and Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission to help enhance the area to improve mobility options, provide quality affordable housing and promote economic development.

Alternatives Analysis Study Complete/Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) Selected

After extensive public involvement, the LPA chosen consisted of service mode (e.g. bus, street car), the desired route, and where the line begins and ends.

Application for Project Development Submitted

The LPA project application submitted to FTA was approved into the project development phase. Project development includes environmental study and preliminary engineering.

Environmental Review and Design/Preliminary Engineering Phase

The Cleveland Avenue BRT/Enhanced Bus Service will transport riders 15.6 miles between Downtown Columbus and Polaris Parkway/Africa Road, stopping at 74 designated locations in both directions along the way. The new line will complement Line 1 Cleveland/Livingston, COTA's second busiest line. The BRT will connect with existing bus routes within the system. The BRT will operate primarily in mixed traffic, and traffic signals will be coordinated to permit higher speeds and reduce travel times. Service will run weekdays between 5 a.m. and 12 a.m.

Operating Plan/Project Schedule

Project Benefits
-Improved transit service
-Improved mobility and reliability in congested corridor
-Travel savings of 20%
-Provides more travel options for growing transit-dependent populations
-Improved pedestrian access and safety
-Creates opportunities for economic development
-Projected 20% increase in ridership in 5 years


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