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Mid Ohio Development Exchange (MODE) Presentation January 16, 2014 . History of Public Transit. Overview: Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) Formed in 1972 Began operations on Jan. 1, 1974 As of Jan. 1, 2014 COTA celebrates 40 th anniversary. COTA Stakeholders. Taxpayers

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Mid Ohio Development Exchange (MODE)


January 16, 2014


History of Public Transit


Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)

Formed in 1972

Began operations on Jan. 1, 1974

As of Jan. 1, 2014 COTA celebrates 40th anniversary


COTA Stakeholders


COTA’s service area population

1.2 million



65,000+ weekday trips


Approximately 870


Benefits of Public Transportation

  • Mobility
      • Provides personal mobility options
      • Reduces congestion
  • Economic development
    • Provides access to education and jobs
    • Boosts economic growth
    • Attracts businesses
  • Environment
    • Improves health and quality of life
  • Energy
    • Provides less dependence on foreign oil and enhances economic stability

Serving Our Community

  • COTA Facts:
  • Total service area - 562 square miles (all of Franklin, and portions of Delaware, Union, Licking and Fairfield counties)
  • Number of buses in fleet - 333 fixed-route buses
  • Number of vehicles in fleet - 64 paratransit vehicles
  • Service hours - 918,000 fixed-route and 170,000 paratransit service hours
  • Total number of routes - 67 lines (local, express and crosstown)
  • Total number of Parks and Rides - 28
  • Total number of bus stops - 3,688
  • Total number of passenger shelters - 378

Serving Our Community

Cleveland Avenue BRT

Downtown Circulator

Sidewalk Improvements Design and Construction Costs

Park & Ride Acquisitions and Studies (New Albany, Polaris, Dublin, Canal Winchester, SR665/I71)

Downtown North and South Terminals

Transit System Review


COTA and City of New Albany Partnership

Community Partnership (example):

COTA acquired 2.5 acres of property in the City of New Albany to serve as a Park and Ride facility for area residents and businesses

Our Goal:

To enhance transportation options within the City of New Albany and the northeast quadrant of central Ohio

To provide public transit options to more than 12,000 employees and customers of the New Albany Business Park

Shuttle service to transport employees from COTA’s Park and Ride throughout the business park will be provided by the City of New Albany

The New Albany Public Service Department will assist with facility maintenance

Construction targeted for completion in August 2014

Service targeted to begin in September 2014


Primary Funding Source

Sales and use tax

0.25 percent permanent

0.25 percent 10-year renewable (approved in 2006)

Total 0.5 percent through 2016


Sound Business Practices

Prudent Use of Sales Tax:

Increased ridership by 24%, up 3.6 million boardingsfrom 2006 level

Invested in infrastructure improvements to support community growth

Modernized and transitioning bus fleet

Restored/improved facility assets to like-new conditions

Replaced/improved passenger amenities (shelters, park/rides, bus stops)

Updated technology infrastructure

Made strategic property acquisitions

Leveraged federal grant dollars


Sound Business Practices

Prudent Management of Transit Operations:

Increased operating reserve level

Allows COTA to plan longer term

Weather short term funding gaps due to Federal delay

Implemented cost saving initiatives

Energy Price Risk Management program

Controlled wage and salary costs

Transitioning to CNG powered vehicles


Financial Overview – 2014 Approved Budget

Operating Revenue:

$138 million

Operating Expenses:

$108 million

Capital Expenditures :

$54 million


Risk of Sustaining Service Levels

Sustainable Hrs.

1.130 million hrs.

0.552 million hrs.





  • Funding renewed – COTA will be able to sustain service level at 1.1 million hours
  • Funding not renewed – COTA will need to make drastic reductions in service levels, closure of facilities and reduction of workforce.

* Close Fields Ave. Facility


In Closing…

Central Ohio has historically enjoyed vibrant growth

adding more jobs

attracting economic development

welcoming new residents and businesses

However, as the region continues to grow and prosper, new opportunities and challenges are emerging that require planning, including an investment in our transportation infrastructure

COTA’s goals support and assist in achieving the goals of the broader community

Without investment in transit, we risk jeopardizing the economic vitality and quality of life we have come to expect

We want to hear from you…suggestions, partnership opportunities, more information?