Bus

COTA, Ohio State poll students on bus service

Posted on May 25, 2009

[IMAGE]OSU-Bus-full.jpg[/IMAGE]More than 850 students, faculty and staff at Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus supplied their input on possible changes to campus-related service provided by the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA).

The polling was accomplished through an online survey that was posted for 14 days and drew 863 responses from OSU students, faculty and staff, said Elliott Doza, a service planner for COTA.

“We’re using the survey to check demand,” said Beth Berkemer, COTA’s media relations manager. “We have a great relationship with OSU and are always looking for ways to enhance that relationship.”

Berkemer said the questionnaire was prepared by COTA staff using an online survey service called Zoomerang. “This is a great tool for us to get an idea of what people need,” she said. “Our staff are getting very good at creating these surveys.”

The survey will gauge customer interest in two possible changes in bus service. In September, COTA plans to add a bus to Route 18, which currently serves downtown Columbus, the OSU campus and a shopping mall. One option would add hourly service to a local airport; the other would increase frequency along an extended route that services a shopping center.

Sarah Blouch, director of OSU’s Transportation and Parking Services, said OSU students pay $9 per academic quarter to ride COTA buses. There would not be an additional charge for the proposed extra service, she said. 

Supplementing COTA’s service, OSU provides transportation services using a fleet of 24 buses on nine routes, Blouch said. Annual ridership is approximately 3.8 million.

At press time, results of the survey had not been tallied. To view the online survey, now closed, link to http://www.cota.com/survey_DonScott_200905.asp.

 

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

NY MTA introduces the first of more than 2,000 state-of-the-art buses

After more than three decades of bearing more than a passing resemblance to refrigerators on wheels, the appearance of North America’s largest transit bus fleet is undergoing a stunning transformation

NY MTA rolls out first of 75 state-of-the-art New Flyer buses

In March, Gov. Cuomo announced the addition of 2,042 buses, equipped with Wi-Fi and USB charging ports, to the MTA fleet over the next five years, replacing 40% of the current fleet.

Dallas' DART takes top spot at APTA's International Bus Roadeo

The Grand Champion Award recognizes the system with the highest combined bus operator and maintenance team score.

Webb Brake Adjusters introduces line for transit applications

These clearance-sensing automatic brake adjusters are designed for the severe-duty requirements of the transit market.

Seon Brings 360° Vision to School Bus & Transit Fleets

The inView 360 Around Vehicle Monitoring (AVM) System eliminates dangerous vehicle blind spots that threaten student and pedestrian safety is now available for the school bus and transit fleet markets.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close