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what? no brt?

 

a lost opportunity to improve transit? well, thats what rta would say anyway. still, cota should have got themselves involved or more involved. ohio's best transit agency they ain't.

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The Broad St. corridor isn't a large COTA focal point at all and for good reason. Ridership along Broad pails in comparison to that on High, where the first light rail line is proposed to go. Broad St. doesn't hit as many places as High St., and is mostly just residential outside of downtown. COTA's priority at the moment is to improve its finances, get busses running more reliably, and get the north corridor light rail project rolling. Improved transit on Broad St. can wait.

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i think you misunderstood. the broad street median redevelopment is a go. therefore, cota should have been involved. maybe they still could be? they are missing a chance to do something since its happening anyway. this is nothing to do with other cota projects. point is, they have to be more flexible and assert themselves when opportunity knocks.

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Can't wait for this to happen!


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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i think you misunderstood. the broad street median redevelopment is a go. therefore, cota should have been involved. maybe they still could be? they are missing a chance to do something since its happening anyway. this is nothing to do with other cota projects. point is, they have to be more flexible and assert themselves when opportunity knocks.

 

Let's see here, we can have...

Children playing in the medium of Broad St. or

trains in the medium of Broad St.

 

Apreciate the concern, but understand the geography, demographics, and history before trying to ram your square peg through our round hole concerning this project.

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i think you misunderstood. the broad street median redevelopment is a go. therefore, cota should have been involved. maybe they still could be? they are missing a chance to do something since its happening anyway. this is nothing to do with other cota projects. point is, they have to be more flexible and assert themselves when opportunity knocks.

 

I think Magyar summed things up pretty well. The most COTA can do along this corridor is continue to run its regular scheduled bus service. Light rail or bus rapid transit along Broad St. is really unnecessary and would be a poor use of COTA's capital funds, unlike light rail along High St. and I-71, where ridership and congestion would warrant the improved service. Keep in mind also, the area where the median is going is very walkable, and the Discovery District runs more north-to-south with Broad St. running perpendicular right through it.

 

As for the median itself, I'm extremely happy to see this might actually come to fruition now. Downtown Columbus needs something like this, and I truly cannot wait for it to be built. It looks like the plans also call for improved streetscrapes further in the Discovery District (where the so-to-be-renovated Seneca is), which are desparately needed. Overall, this sounds like a wonderful plan.

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magyar trains on broad street? huh? who said that? not me. and as for history what are you talking about? thanks a lot guy--i lived in cols many years i know the place as well as anyone.

 

cmh the point is cota should have gotten involved here and should get involved in the future in any and all major street improvement projects. there is no excuse for them not to be. i was waiting to at least read a comment from them in the article, but nothing. i'm not talking light rail at all (or even brt really). i was think new bus path or nice bus stops or....something!  it was just that they should make use of opportunities or at least chime in.

 

well it will be interesting to see how traffic and bus service are affected or improved when it's built. obviously the streetscape will be nicer so thats good. 

 

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Great!  I think Columbus definitely needs to do things like this to offset its huge right of ways downtown.

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WOW...old thread!  I totally agree with mrnyc that COTA should have at least been in the discussions on this.  Being as wide as it is, broad st. really has the potential to turn into a major transit throughway without ruffling too many feathers about eliminating on-street parking and the like.

 

Also, unfortunately, not much has changed in the 3+ years since mrnyc laid down this quote about COTA...

 

point is, they have to be more flexible and assert themselves when opportunity knocks.

 

They still have the appearance of a lumbering, slow moving beast of a transit agency.

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There hasn't been any new information on the Broad Street Median in nearly three years.  I might be way off base with this, but I think we could consider this idea to be dead - or at least in a very deep coma!

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