Dear Friends and Neighbors,
There is undeniable excitement around COTA and the future of mobility in the region. In the last month alone, our region successfully held its first shared use mobility “pop-up” lane, played host to Virgin Hyperloop 1, and launched the first COTA Plus microtransit service in Grove City, Ohio. Now that schools are back in session, there is also undeniable excitement around fall sports in Central Ohio, especially for the more than 100,000 people who migrate to 411 Woody Hayes Drive on Saturdays in Columbus.
COTA plays a big role on football game day, helping more than 34,000 fans last year avoid the hassle of traffic and parking by using COTA’s Bus it to the Buckeyes program. Our service helps fans focus on the day and enjoy the event, with front door service to areas closed to the rest of the travelling public. You can Bus it to the Buckeyes from two locations, COTA’s Crosswoods Park and Ride and the Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds. Either option drops you off one block from the stadium, in the middle of game day excitement. Parking at Crosswoods is free, and only $5 at the Ohio Expo Center. Fares are $5.50 for adults, and $2.00 for children and we accept both credit card and cash payments. Spend more time tailgating, and less time on someone’s tailgate with Bus it to the Buckeyes.
We have a valuable partnership with The Ohio State University which goes beyond football. Ohio State students ride COTA, unlimited, as part of their tuition, providing them convenient access to home, school, entertainment, work or internships in the region. We are working closely with the Ohio State Center for Automotive Research and Transportation Research Center Inc., to help develop safe and efficient transportation systems for people. We collaborate with Campus Area Bus Service to provide seamless transfers between systems for students, faculty and staff. And at COTA, we employed 16 Ohio State interns across multiple divisions this past school year, working on cutting-edge services to enhance mobility in Central Ohio.
Partnerships, like ours with The Ohio State University, are invaluable and mutually beneficial for our region. You will see expanded COTA support with events like Ohio State Women’s Basketball and Ohio State Hockey Games. We will be engaged in educational programs and major research concepts being introduced in the new SMART@OSU strategic plan, which is focused on developing people-centric mobility solutions to prioritize people outcomes over vehicle movement.
We value our relationship with public education, including our state’s Land Grant Institution. COTA is actively pursuing similar partnerships across our region, with other colleges, universities and high schools to support equal access to public education.
Our public educational institutions make us stronger, and we are committed to ensuring Mobility is not a barrier for any student advancing their education.
With warmest regards,
Joanna M. Pinkerton
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