February Newsletter

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LinkUS Leadership Coalition Summary

The LinkUS Leadership Coalition represents a diverse group of community, business and civic leaders in Greater Columbus. The goal of the coalition is to provide insight and direction to the LinkUS mobility initiative. The LinkUS Steering Committee has held meetings since its inception in August. In these meetings, the committee hears from various agencies, organizations, partners and from colleagues building transit systems in similar cities.

 

You can watch the steering committee meetings on the LinkUS YouTube Channel to stay informed about LinkUS projects and issues. Other LinkUS Leadership Coalition documents and resources are available on the LinkUS Website.

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What's Happening Along the Corridors?

East-West Corridors Update

LinkUS is beginning Phase 2 of the East-West Corridors project. By summer 2022, the project will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation for federal funding, and LinkUS wants the community to be informed every step of the way.

 

Over the next year, LinkUS will be working closely with the community to share project updates and make sure that the plans for upcoming high-capacity transit system and other community enhancements – including green space, sidewalks and safer biking routes–align with neighborhood and small businesses need.

 

If you would like a member from our project team to meet with your area commission, community organization or small business to discuss the East-West Corridors project and its impact on your community, please email us at info@LinkUSColumbus.com.

 

Learn more about Phase 1 of the East-West Corridors project and stay tuned for more project updates here

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Northwest Corridor Update



Phase 2 of the Northwest Corridor BRT is now underway. The Northwest Corridor is one of Greater Columbus' most critical transportation connections, linking major institutional and employment centers including The Ohio State University, the Ohio Health hospital campus, Grandview Yard, Downtown, and the Arena District. The corridor is accessible by State Route 315, traveling along Olentangy River Road and providing commuter connections from northwest communities to Downtown.

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LinkUS: Connecting Across Jurisdictions

While the LinkUS East-West Corridors and Northwest Corridor are working toward confirming bus rapid transit alignments, station locations and other engineering details, the rest of Greater Columbus is talking about LinkUS, too. COTA, MORPC and representatives from the city and the Franklin County Board of Commissioners are meeting with business and community leaders in all 40+ jurisdictions in COTA’s service area, including cities and suburbs. They share the LinkUS vision and ask each community about its economic development and mobility priorities. 


Our goal is to gather feedback from the jurisdictions to understand their priorities and share alignment opportunities. As regional growth continues, the need for the LinkUS project initiative is more urgent than ever. Great Columbus communities are thinking about how to plan for growth in smart ways. They are looking at how their residents can use transit and trails to get to jobs and also to restaurants, appointments and parks within and outside their own neighborhoods. Building and strengthening connections with representatives from various jurisdictions across the region will continue to be an integral part of LinkUS project planning.

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Stay in Touch

 

LinkUS is creating more transportation options and connecting people to places in Greater Columbus. Along with growing the transportation network in the region come opportunities for engagement. By sharing how you use public transportation and how LinkUS can work for you on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, we can build a better and more efficient transport system for all. Follow along for developments and opportunities to get involved. 

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Resources

You can review and download more resources, including information and reports, to see every step of the process in our mission to reimagine mobility in Central Ohio here

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