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COTA Signs $37 Million Grant Agreement with Federal Transit Administration for CMAX BRT Project


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Federal Transit Administration Acting Administrator and Senator
Sherrod Brown Join COTA President/CEO at Grant Signing Ceremony
COLUMBUS, OH—On Wed., June 1, Federal Transit
Administration (FTA) Acting Administrator Carolyn Flowers and
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown joined Central Ohio Transit Authority
(COTA) President/CEO W. Curtis Stitt to sign a $37.45 million
funding agreement for COTA’s CMAX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
More than 50 elected officials, business and community leaders
gathered at COTA’s Linden Transit Center to witness the signing
and celebrate the new transit technology that will enhance the
Cleveland Avenue corridor when operation begins in January
Program speakers included Stitt, Flowers and Brown, as well as donna Hicho, executive director of the Greater
Linden Development Corporation.
“COTA’s CMAX BRT will introduce new transit technology to our community – making service faster, more direct
and more accessible,” said Stitt. “We are extremely fortunate to be the recipient of this generous grant from the
Federal Transit Administration. Thank you to Senator Sherrod Brown and FTA Acting Administrator Carolyn
Flowers for their support and leadership in funding the transportation that this community deserves.”
COTA’s CMAX will link the northeast suburbs with downtown Columbus, connecting residents to major
employment centers, medical facilities and educational institutions. The line will bring critical service to over
211,000 residents while encouraging economic development along the corridor. Construction is expected to
begin in summer 2016.

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