Columbus transit agency gets $37.4M to create rapid bus line

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A transit agency in Ohio’s capital city is receiving $37.4 million in federal grant money to help create a rapid bus service along one of the area’s busiest travel routes by 2018.

The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) the Central Ohio Transit Authority’s new CMAX line will connect downtown Columbus with its northeastern suburbs. Riders will pay $2.

The bus line will reduce travel times by more than 20 percent and offer routes to major employment centers in the city, including medical facilities and educational institutions.

The line is important to the city’s application to the federal Department of Transportation’s Smart Cities challenge, in which the city is a finalist to receive $50 million in grant money.

Buses will have Wi-Fi access and smartphone charging ports.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch,

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