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Thousands Of Downtown Workers Are Now Eligible For Free COTA Bus Passes

Thanks to a program by Capital City Crossroads, 43,000 downtown workers will be eligible for free COTA bus passes in an effort to make transportation throughout Columbus more efficient.

Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District (SID) got its start back in 2001. Since then, the mission has remained the same: to help make downtown the cleanest, safest, and best place to live, work and play in central Ohio.

Now, they are one step closer to that goal. Thanks to the program, Downtown workers will be able to ride the COTA bus from June 2018 through the end of 2020, at no cost to themselves.

The passes are being funded by COTA, Fundraising, and a $.03/sq foot payment from over 500 property owners in the district. By alleviating traffic, the program will have a positive impact on our downtown community by improving air quality, reducing green house gas emissions, and saving energy.

From a psychological standpoint, eliminating stressful commutes increases worker productivity and can even improve sleeping patterns.

The program could free up nearly 2,500 parking spots, increase downtown office leasing, and potentially lead to more jobs for Columbusites.

There has been support in the last year for Columbus to make large strides when it comes to transportation, with suggestions ranging from a light rail system to the futuristic Hyperloop. But one way that we can certainly improve our cities transportation is through maintaining, expanding, and innovating our current system.

According to a 2015 report by the Ohio Department of Transportation, funding for urban transit
comes predominately from local funds, which make up more than half of the resources.

The Capital City Crossroads project is unique. It is the only program in the country where property owners are contributing nearly half the funds required. To many, the benefits out weight the costs.

Happier, less stressed employees, less pollution, and shorter commutes sure sound like they are worth $.03/sq foot to me!

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