COTA gets approval to advance rapid transit


The Central Ohio Transit Authority has received approval from the Federal Transit Administration to advance the Northeast Corridor Bus Rapid Transit project, or BRT, into the project development phase.

BRT is bus transit technology that offers improved service, limited stops, faster travel times and other enhancements in high-capacity transit corridors, officials said.

In August 2012, COTA submitted the BRT project for federal grant funding under the FTA’s Section 5309 “Small Starts” program. The approval allows COTA to begin an environmental review process and necessary engineering and design activities for evaluation and ratings that could position the project for federal funding.

The Northeast Corridor BRT is planned to operate primarily along Cleveland Avenue connecting downtown Columbus and the OhioHealth Medical Center located at Polaris Parkway and Africa Road in Westerville.