About a year ago, we reported (based on a report from WOSU) that COTA was planning to purchase six articulated buses. A Columbus Underground user recently asked, “What ever happened to those?” I e-mailed COTA to ask and received the following response:
COTA has discussed the possibility of purchasing articulated buses in the future but at this point in time they are not found to be necessary. It is something we keep in mind. For 2010, COTA is obtaining six hybrid buses.
So there you have it. You’ll have six new buses powered by hybrid diesel-electric engines. This should improve ride quality, reduce emissions, and save COTA some gas money, but it won’t provide any extra capacity to relieve overcrowding. Maybe someday in the future.
What do you think? Is overcrowding a problem? Are bigger buses necessary?