In what is called an effort "to identify public transportation needs and opportunities for the next 10, 25 and 35 years," the Central Ohio Transit Authority announced today, Wednesday, April 15, the launch of COTA NextGen.

In what is called an effort "to identify public transportation needs and opportunities for the next 10, 25 and 35 years," the Central Ohio Transit Authority announced today, Wednesday, April 15, the launch of COTA NextGen.

The announcement described the program as a "long-range visioning effort" that will include public meetings to gather input.

COTA NextGen is a three-phase effort that is intended to analyze demographic trends and gauge community demand and interest in the next 35 years.

During the first phase, COTA is asking residents to share their thoughts about "how they want to get around central Ohio in the future."

The plan is expected to be completed next spring.

The first public meetings will be held from noon to 2 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. April 23 at the COTA William J. Lhota Building, 33. N. High St., Columbus.