Cpass program has increased bus ridership among downtown Columbus workers

A program that provides free Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) bus rides for downtown Columbus workers has increased ridership and helped downtown businesses attract and retain employees, The Columbus Dispatch reports. The Ohio Department of Transportation and the Columbus Foundation funded a study that shows ridership among surveyed employees grew from 5% before the Cpass program started in June 2018 to “between 10% and 14% in June 2019,” according to the article. Additionally, “34% of the companies surveyed said that Cpass helps them recruit and retain employees, and 17 companies said it played a role in their renewal or signing of a lease in a Downtown building.” For more, read the full article.

Economic Development, State Updates