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COTA Ringing in the New Year with New CMAX Bus Rapid Transit Line

Ride CMAX for Free January 1-7

COLUMBUS, OH—CMAX, the Central Ohio Transit Authority’s (COTA) new high-frequency, limited-stop service along Cleveland Avenue, launches today, Mon., Jan. 1. To celebrate the launch and invite customers to try the new service, Cota is offering free fares on Cmax Jan. 1-7.

CMAX combines convenience, reliability and technology to get customers where they need to go quickly. The service provides an advanced transit option in one of COTA’s busiest corridors. CMAX features include:

  • Specially-branded buses
  • Passenger amenities such as free on-board Wi-Fi and USB charging ports
  • Up to a 20% travel time savings over current service along Cleveland Avenue          – High-frequency service
    – Buses that sync with traffic signals to stay on time
  • Enhanced passenger stations
    – Real-time information screens
    – Artwork produced by local artists at more than 30 stations that celebrates the culture and history of the neighborhoods along the corridor

CMAX Launch Activities

COTA is offering free fares on CMAX Jan. 1-7, 2018. COTA will also host a CMAX Community Celebration on Sat., Jan. 6, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Linden STEM Academy, 2626 Cleveland Avenue. The free event is open to the public and features access to community resources, kid-friendly activities, giveaways, food, music and more!

About CMAX

CMAX is the first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line in central Ohio. The 15.6-mile route will transport riders along Cleveland Avenue between downtown Columbus and the Ohio Health Westerville Medical Campus at Polaris Parkway and Africa Road. CMAX will provide high-frequency, limited-stop service between downtown Columbus and SR-161, and enhanced local bus service between SR-161 and Polaris Parkway and Africa Road.

CMAX represents a $48.6 million investment in central Ohio. COTA leveraged $11.2 million in local funds to attract $37.45 million from the Federal Transit Administration to fund CMAX. COTA purchased 15 specially-branded BRT coaches that are powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for the service. The project also included the construction of more than 60 enhanced passenger stations, the new Northland Transit Center opening on Jan. 1, 2018, and a new Northern Lights Park & Ride that will open later in 2018. More than 30 of the stations on the CMAX line feature artwork produced by local artists.

The project, which has been in development since 2010, is designed to serve as a catalyst for economic and community development in the Cleveland Avenue corridor. CMAX will link more than 211,000 residents and 170,000 employees to jobs, healthcare and educational resources. The success of CMAX will lay the groundwork for future transit development throughout our growing region.

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