A New Northwest Bus Rapid Transit Route Could Be Coming To Columbus

A new bus rapid transit line has been proposed for Downtown Columbus.

The LinkUS transportation initiative is a collaboration between the city of Columbus, the Central Ohio Transit Authority, and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. The new bus rapid transit (BRT) line would connect Downtown Columbus with the Northwest Side.

BRT is a less expensive alternative to light rail and would include dedicated lanes with state-of-the-art busses. The busses would be equipped with wi-fi and they would be able to carry more passengers.

A Greater Cleveland RTA HealthLine BRT vehicle at Public Square in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

The two routes under consideration between Goodale Blvd. and Bethel Road are Olentangy River Rd. and Kenny Rd. The Olentangy River Rd. route would impact some major employers here in Columbus, including Battelle, the Ohio State University, and two OhioHealth campuses.

The Kenny Rd. option would travel through and past Upper Arlington.

In addition to the dedicated lanes and cutting edge busses, the stations themselves would be modern and state-of-the-art. Elevated platforms and multi-door boarding at BRT stations simulate a train station experience and also makes the boarding process easier and more efficient for all riders.

You can view materials regarding the Northwest Corridor through LinkUS here.

LinkUS will also be holding virtual meetings on February 16, 23, and 25 on the East-West corridor. This development along a 20-mile corridor including West and East Broad St. and East Main St. includes Westgate, Hilltop, Franklinton, Downtown, King-Lincoln Bronzeville, Olde Towne East, Bexley, Whitehall, and Reynoldsburg. You can view more info about that, or participate in virtual meetings, by clicking here.

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