COTA debates downtown transit center
Agency poised to reject city request to move bus stops away from shops along High Street
Sunday, May 29, 2011 03:16 AM
By Robert Vitale
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
COTA appears ready to reject a request from Downtown planners to move bus stops away from High Street storefronts.
A Downtown transit center – one location where Central Ohio Transit Authority passengers could wait indoors to catch a bus – would cost too much, disrupt too many routes and inconvenience too many riders, officials say.
But a report the agency plans to finalize in coming weeks won’t be the last word on the idea.
Mayor Michael B. Coleman and the Downtown development group that floated the idea of a transit center last year aren’t ready to let it drop. Rerouting the buses that line up just north of Broad and High streets can help revitalize area retail, advocates say.
Relocating bus lines seems to still be on the table in the interest of converting the High Street bus lanes to a combination of on-street parking and bus stops since there are currently too many buses on High to serve with a standard sized stop. I think this is an interesting idea, as there may be routes where travel times could be reduced by using other streets (I’m thinking the #4 using 3rd/4th), but I think the convenience of bus passenger connections still needs to be considered. COTA has connection/transfer data and I’m sure they will come to a reasonable decision.