Over four meetings next week, COTA is seeking comments from the public on a proposed Downtown Circulator. The Circulator’s focus would be to help better connect Downtown and the adjacent neighborhoods of the Short North, Convention Center, Arena District, Brewery District, and German Village.

The proposed Downtown Circulator would quickly and easily connect these areas and could include free or reduced fares, high frequency service, early morning and late night service, and specially branded buses. The full route is yet to be determined but could run primarily on High Street or on other nearby streets.

The proposed service is similar to service in other cities, particularly the DC Circulator in the nation’s capitol, which has achieved great popularity in Washington since its introduction in 2005. Successes in other cities show opportunities are great for the potential service in Columbus.

Not only would it help to  move visitors to our city easily from place to place, but it could also help to alleviate some of the parking issues now being experienced in our near Downtown neighborhoods. With a free or low fare, many could be enticed into parking further away from their destination or in remote parking lots, and simply catch a ride on the circulator to reach their final destination.

With easier, cheaper, and more convenient service than is currently available, downtown area residents may find it easier than ever to ditch their car and experience our city on a less stressful, more enjoyable and more human scale mode of transportation. A Downtown Circulator is one of the many pieces to the transportation puzzle that are coming together to make Columbus a more livable city.

Do you have ideas or suggestions for the potential service? Make sure to attend one of the public meetings below and  submit your thoughts on the potential service to COTA. As your public transportation advocacy group in the region, we at Transit Columbus are more than happy to forward your ideas and suggestions on to COTA for further examination. Make your voice heard on this important potential service!