Despite lengthy talks between the city of Worthington and the Central Ohio Transit Authority, there is no agreement to provide a COTA turnaround and layover location within the city.

Despite lengthy talks between the city of Worthington and the Central Ohio Transit Authority, there is no agreement to provide a COTA turnaround and layover location within the city.

The turnaround spot would have given access to the east-west route that would have connected the area with Easton Town Center and the new Northland Transit Center as part of the CMAX Bus Rapid Transit project on Cleveland Avenue.

But because of a variety of logistical issues, a site could not be determined.

"Right now, all the locations we had been looking at for one reason or another just don't work out," said Marty Stutz, COTA spokesman. "Our turnaround requires a certain amount of space because buses are obviously longer than cars, there are safety considerations ... and even such questions as, 'Do you have a protected left turn somewhere?'

"So we really need to dig a little bit deeper and find a location that's going to be safe and provide us with the access we need so buses can serve Worthington and have a safe and appropriate layover location," Stutz said.

While Stutz said COTA had decided more research was needed, Anne Brown, Worthington's public information officer, said the city had arrived at the same conclusion.

"The city determined that we needed more conversations with residents," she said. "What had been presented wasn't the right answer for the community. So we just need a little more time to work with citizens and try to find solution that's really best for everyone."

With the CMAX project incoming, Brown said the city wanted COTA to be able to focus on the new line, rather than holding up the process.

"We knew COTA needed to move forward with their plans for what's going to be a new service starting in January of 2017, so we didn't want to stand in the way of that," she said. "We recognized that we had more work to do."

Both entities say they're not giving up.

The issue will be revisited in early 2017 after additional research from both sides, and Stutz said COTA is striving to connect Worthington with its other lines.

"We want to provide Worthington direct access on that cross-town service all the way east to Easton," he said.