Now is the time to better connect Central Ohio!
As Columbus celebrates its bicentennial, our region is on the verge of becoming one of the nation’s premiere metropolitan centers: home to top businesses, nationally-ranked education and research institutions, great neighborhoods, and international attractions, arts, sports and culture. The missing piece is a truly diverse public transportation system to serve all of Central Ohio’s citizens, visitors and businesses.
Demand for Transit is Growing: Over the past year, the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) provided more than 18.5 million trips – connecting riders to work, school, family and opportunities for a better quality of life. Compared to the year before, ridership is up more than 10%.
More Options are Needed: A first-of-its-kind national analysis of transit service found that the typical metropolitan commuter can only reasonably reach less than a third of the total jobs in most metro areas. To get to jobs, more routes that connect our region’s employment centers are needed.
It’s what Central Ohio’s Next Generation wants…
- A 2008 survey of “next generation” Ohioans by the Columbus Chamber discovered that transportation choice is the number three reason for why young and talented people would stay or leave the Central Ohio region.
It’s what our Baby Boomers need…
- The latest Central Ohio census figures show that the age group between 50 and 69 grew by more than 31 % over the last decade. As the Baby Boomer generation grows older, they will require new and reliable transportation options beyond cars.
Public Transportation saves Money at Home and at the Gas Pump
- The average American household spends 18 cents of every dollar on transportation – nearly all of which goes to buying, maintaining and operating a car – the largest personal expense after housing.
- Families living near public transit drive an average of 4,400 fewer miles than families with no access to public transit. This equates to an individual reduction of 223 gallons of gas per year.
Investing in Transit makes Good Business Sense:
- Based on the economic experiences other cities, every $1 Central Ohio invests in public transportation would generate $6 in economic returns.
- Development around fixed-route transit, such as light rail and bus rapid transit, offers a greater return on investment. The proof is in Cleveland and Cincinnati, which are investing in more transit.