Have you ever missed a bus that only comes hourly? Have you ever ridden on a bus that takes forever to wind its squiggly way through neighborhood streets? These frustrations may soon be a thing of the past.
As you read this COTA is working with the renowned firm Jarrett Walker & Associates to completely redo their service map. Although the final plan hasn’t been released, judging from the draft plan there are some big and exciting changes on the way.
First, and most exciting, more routes will run at least every 15 minutes! As of now, we only have 3 routes that run with such a high frequency, but under the proposed plan that will jump to 12. No only that, but they would also run at least every 15 minutes seven days a week. That’s right, weekends too.
If that’s not enough to get you excited
- 10,752 more existing riders will be within 1/4 mile of 15 minute service
- 17,176 more jobs are within a 1/4 mile of any service (+4.2%)
- More than twice as many residents (116,000 more residents) get frequent service – that’s part of why ridership will grow (+103%)
Best of all: COTA can make these improvements without spending more money. All of the changes proposed will paid for out of the savings from eliminated meandering and unpopular routes and increasing system efficiency.
By making our bus system simpler, faster and easier to use we will be taking an important step towards making Columbus a transit-friendly city.
Check out www.cota.com for more information.
(picture: proposed high-frequency routes)