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Funding for COTA’s CMAX Bus Rapid Transit Approved by Congress

12/18/2015

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COLUMBUS, OH—The Central Ohio Transit Authority’s (COTA) Cleveland Avenue Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
project, called CMAX, has received federal funding. On Fri., Dec. 18, Congress approved the Fiscal Year 2016
omnibus appropriations bill, and sent it to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it in to law. The bill
includes $38 million in funding for the CMAX.
“We are pleased that funding for COTA’s CMAX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) has been included in the
transportation appropriations bill,” said Curtis Stitt, COTA President/CEO. “This first of its kind transit
technology in central Ohio will provide a significant improvement to our transportation system while connecting
people to jobs and stimulating economic development.”
A grant agreement between COTA and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is expected to be executed in
spring 2016.
The final design phase of the CMAX project was recently completed. Construction is scheduled to begin in
spring 2016, and service is projected to start in September 2017.
About the CMAX
CMAX, the first BRT line in central Ohio, will transport riders between downtown Columbus north on Cleveland
Avenue to the Ohio Health Medical Center at Polaris Parkway/Africa Road. The project includes highfrequency,
limited stop service between downtown Columbus and SR-161 (10.3 mi.) and Enhanced Local Bus
p will enjoy an estimated 21 percent travel time savings over current Line 1 service. COTA expects a projected
15-20 percent increase in ridership in this corridor over the first five years of operation.

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