COTA Congratulates City of Columbus on Winning Smart City Challenge
COLUMBUS, OH – Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) President/CEO Curtis Stitt today
commended the City of Columbus for winning the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Smart
U.S. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx awarded a $40 million pledge to Columbus Mayor Andrew J.
Ginther on Thursday. The event was held at the Douglas Community Recreation Center in the Linden
neighborhood. Linden will be a key area where investments in new technologies will connect residents
to ladders of opportunity. COTA’s CMAX Bus Rapid Transit project will operate on Cleveland Avenue
in Linden beginning in 2018.
“COTA is pleased to be a part of this historic and transformative effort,” Stitt said. “We look forward to
working closely with Mayor Ginther and the Smart Columbus partners to implement initiatives that use
the latest transportation technologies to expand opportunities for everyone in our community.”
Projects include the expansion of COTA’s Easton Transit Center for the deployment of an electric
autonomous vehicle fleet to be maintained at the transit center. This “smart logistics” project will
enable job seekers to access opportunities with the many employers located throughout the Easton area.
Other project components involving COTA include installation of collision avoidance technologies,
Traffic Signal Priority (TSP) Upgrades along the CMAX corridor and a universal transportation
payment system application.
In addition to the $40 million from USDOT, Columbus was awarded $10 million from Seattle-based
Vulcan Inc. Local investments of $90 million have been pledged to match the $50 million award,
resulting in $140 million of new investment to enhance mobility for everyone in Columbus.