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Good Ideas Transit Project

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Aaron Shearer

on 22 April 2014

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Transcript of Good Ideas Transit Project

How can Columbus increase accessibility to COTA stops during times of heavy snow?

1. We are experiencing better accessibility and mobility

2. How Columbus is addressing our problem.

3. What do other cities do

4. Our recommendations
The city is responsible for removing snow from the street.

COTA contracts with an outside agency to clean the bus shelters, not bus stops.
What is the City and COTA doing about this problem?
Recommendations
Immediate

1. 311 - Use it!

2. Policy Enforcement

3. Adopt a Stop
What About Other Cities?


Other cities across the United States, in a variety of climates, run an "Adopt-A-Stop" program.

Businesses, community organizations and individuals can adopt a shelter to solve a variety of problems: trash, graffiti, snow, etc.

The Federal Transit Administration compiled a report in 2013 highlighting some cities that are running Adopt-A-Stop programs around the country.
We Are Experiencing Improved Accessibility and Mobility
Denver employs a full-time Adopt-A-Stop program coordinator.

About 1,000 RTD stops have either individuals (50%) or businesses or non-profits (Boy Scout, etc.) that are covered under the Adopt-A-Stop program.
Denver, CO
COTA - "committed to excellence."
Tri-Delta Transit: Antioch, California
This Adopt-A-Shelter program stopped in 2003 because of high cost and lack of follow-through from volunteers.

They replaced the Adopt-A-Stop program with a driver "quarterly incentive" program. Drivers report damage and are entered into a quarterly drawing for a $75 cash prize.
Design Solutions
Current
Current Design
Possible Design
Design in action
Design Solutions
“Chapter 902.” Municode. Columbus, Ohio Code of Ordinances. 4/12/14. library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=16219 (Meredith’s Work).

“TCRP Synthesis 2013. Transit Station and Stop Adopt Programs.” The Federal Transit Administration. 2013. Web. 4/12/14. (Conor’s Slides.)

“COTA Offers Free Fares When Level 2 or Level 3 Snow Emergency Declared.” Central Ohio Transit Authority. http://www.cota.com/News-Releases.aspx?id=296 Web. 4/12/14. (John)

“2013-2017 Short Range Transit Plan.” Central Ohio Transit Authority. http://www.cota.com/assets/Publications/04-Comprehensive_Planning_Process.pdf Web. 4/12/14. (John)

“Keeping People on the Move.” Central Ohio Transit Authority. http://www.cota.com/COTA-Today.aspx Web. 4/12/14. (John)

Thank you!

Team members:
Brent Simonds (project initiator)
Eric Davies (project coordinator)
Arin Blair
John McDermott
Brian Channel
Aaron Shearer
Conor Willis
Meredith Luikart
Patrick Holland
Philena Farley
Marvin Myers

Brent Simonds (Project Initiator)
Eric Davies (Project Coordinator)
Questions?
Columbus aims to define Complete Streets
-expanding service
- 311
According to city code the owners of residences or businesses are in charge of clearing their sidewalks.

This city code is enforced by a number of city agencies, including public service, safety, development and health commissioner.

The current fine is $100
Snow Removal
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