Bowl for Transit!
Grab your team, compete for prizes and help Transit Columbus
bring first-class transit in Central Ohio
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Columbus Square Bowling Palace
5707 Forest Hills Boulevard
Columbus, Ohio 43231
Accessible on COTA Routes 1, 27 & 37
This gets you two games of bowling,
shoe rental and one beer/soft drink.
Non-members also become a founding member of
Transit Columbus which includes a free coffee at
Café Brioso, a big thank you and recognition as
a founding member on our website
and Facebook page, discounts on future events
and a better transit system in Central Ohio.
Donate online at www.transitcolumbus.org
or make your check payable to
1480 Dublin Road,
Columbus, Ohio 43215
RSVP to Seth Josolowitz by October 21 at 614-202-9214or firstname.lastname@example.org
According to the Brookings Institute only 34% of jobs in the Columbus region are accessible within 90 minutes by transit. So, if you don’t have a car and need to get to work, well, good luck.
You can see on the map that the urban core is well serviced. If you live in Hill Top for example and work at a coffee shop downtown you can buy a COTA monthly pass and let someone else do the driving. If you want a better paying job at a distribution center in the periphery though, you’d better start saving so you can make car payments.
So, for the 10% or so of Central Ohioans with no car, those of us whose cars are on their last legs, and folks who just prefer to avoid the stress and cost of driving, there’s a good chance your work options may be limited. For those with no cars and no other options, this inability to get to where the jobs are can have a profound negative impact on their quality of life.
Businesses are beginning to feel the pinch too. Some companies in areas without reliable transit access are having staffing problems, and though we won’t name names, we’ve heard that COTA’s decision to look into expanding service to New Albany is due to several large employers there having trouble retaining workers for lower wage jobs. The trouble seems to be that the workers they’d like to recruit just can’t get to work.
Fixing this problem will not only take improved transit service in Central Ohio, but also more strategic thinking from businesses as they consider where to locate their facilities. Land in the suburbs may be cheap, but getting there isn’t.