Bus

Ohio's COTA, FTA sign $37M grant for BRT project

Posted on June 2, 2016

(L to R): FTA Acting Administrator Carolyn Flowers; U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown; Greater Linden Development Corp. Executive Director Donna Hicho; and COTA President/CEO W. Curtis Stitt.
(L to R): FTA Acting Administrator Carolyn Flowers; U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown; Greater Linden Development Corp. Executive Director Donna Hicho; and COTA President/CEO W. Curtis Stitt.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the award of $37.5 million in federal grant funds to the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) for a new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service in Columbus.

The new BRT Line, called CMAX, will help relieve passenger crowding and spur economic development along Cleveland Avenue, one of the city’s busiest travel corridors. FTA Acting Administrator Carolyn Flowers participated in a ceremony to award the funds with Senator Sherrod Brown and local officials.

“Transit plays a critical role in connecting Americans to economic opportunity – that’s true in Ohio and around the country,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “COTA’s new BRT line will strengthen and revitalize the communities it serves along Cleveland Avenue, connect residents of Columbus to education and jobs, and improve quality of life in the region.”

The 15.6-mile BRT service will provide a much-needed option in a corridor with high transit use. Ridership on COTA’s existing local bus route on Cleveland Avenue is among the highest in the system and rapidly growing; standing loads are common. CMAX will help reduce passenger crowding and improve travel speeds and schedule reliability along the corridor.

In addition, the line will connect riders to major destinations such as downtown Columbus, Columbus State Community College, shopping centers and hospitals.

“The Cleveland Avenue BRT will make a huge difference for thousands of commuters in the Cleveland Avenue corridor who are enduring standing-room only buses stuck in traffic,” said FTA Acting Administrator Carolyn Flowers. “When the BRT line opens, commuters will have a fast and convenient way to get to school, work, medical appointments and other destinations.”

The FTA is contributing 77% of the $48.65 million total cost of the Cleveland Avenue BRT project. The federal grant funds are from the Small Starts funding category of FTA’s Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program. The CIG program is the federal government’s primary grant program for funding major transit projects. The remaining project costs are being paid for by a sales tax that is collected in the COTA service area and dedicated to funding expanded transit services.

The project will operate between downtown Columbus and the Ohio Health Medical Center in the neighboring city of Westerville. BRT service is planned to operate in existing peak-period bus-only lanes for one mile in downtown Columbus and in mixed traffic for the rest of the route.

The project also includes 32 bus stops, construction of two park-and-ride lots, the purchase of 15 compressed natural gas buses, transit signal priority and next-bus arrival information for passenger platforms. The BRT line is scheduled to open in January 2018.

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

More News

Fla.'s JTA launches First Coast Flyer Blue Line BRT service

The 11.1 mile Blue Line on the Southeast Corridor features direct, high-frequency service; seven branded stations; transit signal priority at 18 intersections; and off-board fare collection.

BusCon opens 2017 Call for Papers

The deadline to submit your presentation idea is Jan. 20, 2017.

Man steals MTA bus from Staten Island depot again

The Staten Island resident took the bus on a nearly four-mile joyride, before abandoning it on a corner. It was unclear if he picked up or dropped off any passengers during his route.

TAPTCO, MSTCO create course to help drivers pass CDL test

The course is available in hard copy containing seven interactive CDs together with a trainer’s guide, a driver’s study guide, and a book of practice tests. Alternately, the course is available over the web through a learning management system, so that applicants can go through the training and practice tests from any location.

Canada's London Transit adding 28 New Flyer Xcelsior buses

The award is part of a contract extension from a Nov. 13, 2014 LTC contract, awarded to New Flyer, whereby a one-year extension on the contract was exercisable at the discretion of LTC.

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