COTA introduces Transit System Redesign Changes in 2017
The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is sharing details of Transit System Redesign changes, which go into effect in May 2017. There are minor changes to service in Worthington including the elimination of the neighborhood loops through Worthington Estates and Colonial Hills. There is not any Worthington east-west connector included in the May changes. Right now the east-west connector (#35) is scheduled to begin in September and stop at Busch Blvd., not connecting in Worthington. There will be additional research and public involvement at a later date to determine an east-west connection point in Worthington.
Transit System Redesign Details
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Worthington Layover/Turnaround Background
The City of Worthington is working with COTA to explore possible bus layover/turnaround locations near High Street for a proposed new route (#35 Dublin-Granville Road/SR-161.)
A number of possible routes were studied in attempts to make the connection between the existing #2 north-south route on High Street and the new proposed #35 east-west route connecting to Easton and the new Northland Transit Center as part of the CMAX Bus Rapid Transit project on Cleveland Avenue.
Public meetings were held and feedback gathered from residents in two areas identified for consideration: Hartford Street by the Old Worthington Library; and Emerson Avenue between West Selby and Lincoln.
Based on the feedback, it has been determined that further study is necessary before moving forward. As a result, the #35 is not expected to connect to the #2 in Worthington when service begins in 2017. The #35 is expected to layover/turnaround at an existing COTA pull-off location at Busch Blvd. and SR-161.
In order to be respectful of COTA’s ongoing improvements through its Transit System Review process, we do not expect additional work on a Worthington connection or further public engagement until 2017 for possible implementation at a later date.Contact COTA, by reaching out to Doug Arseneault, Public Involvement Coordinator by email.
Contact City of Worthington by contacting Anne Brown, Community Relations by email.