After more than four years of work, COTA finally launched its redesigned bus system on Monday with new, simplified routes, different bus numbers, and a reduction of lines. Among morning commuters, it'll take some getting used to.
If you're taking a Central Ohio Transit Authority bus to work or school on Monday, you might want to pack a little patience. Monday represents the first day of a new route system that officials say took several years and about $10 million to develop.
Central Ohio may finally be ready for light or commuter rail, the region's transit authority says. COTA has been briefing the public on its "NextGen" effort, which looks to identify corridors that could support added service.
The Central Ohio Transit Authority began implementing its NextGen plan in 2015, aiming to determine the needs of Columbus residents and identify opportunities for growth through 2050. Now, COTA is heading into the final phase of this project and will soon begin implementing plans for updates to the transit system.