CASE STUDIES ON INCREASING TRANSIT REVENUES: COLUMBUS

The experience of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is briefly outlined. The number of revenue kilometers, the expenses, and the degree of efficiency of the Columbus transit system are discussed. The state of Ohio has set up a program of capital and operating assistance by which the state will fund part of the local share. By weighted formula based on distance travelled annually and population, COTA can receive 13.1 percent of the total state package. A campaign was also planned that may succeed in getting the major share of a 0.5 percent sales tax for transit. This would permit capturing the full share of state and federal funds. In the two completed years of COTA's operation, average ridership increased 7 percent per year.

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    • Reading, James E
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Pagination: p 236
  • Monograph Title: URBAN TRANSPORTATION ECONOMICS
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  • Accession Number: 00176532
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  • Created Date: Nov 14 1981 12:00AM