The City of Columbus continues to develop its multimodal thoroughfare plan through a planning effort called Connect Columbus. This purpose of the project is to improve safety, reduce congestion, promote equitable access to transportation, and foster economic development, public health and environmental responsibility. The plan will shape the future of transportation in Columbus by creating a framework on how to enhance alternative forms of transportation. A community that is more pedestrian, bicycle and transit friendly is a more livable community.
In 2015, the project team focused on meeting with residents, business owners, and key stakeholders to determine the project’s vision and goals and held four public workshops in various locations in the City. The team also worked with City staff to determine needs and discuss planned improvements. Over the winter and into Spring 2016, the project team evaluated all the feedback received during the public workshops and started into the next phase of the project – referred to as “Design.”
As of June 2016, Connect Columbus is still in the design phase. A series of public meetings will be held within the next few months to present project updates and findings to Columbus residents and gather feedback from the community. The final plan is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
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Overall Project Schedule
Meetings were held at the end of March, 2015 and beginning of April, 2015 to establish visions and goals. Click here for the presentation.
Click here to see the Closing Presentation for Charrette One.
Click here to see the Closing Presentation for Charrette Two.
Click here to see the Closing Presentation for Charrette Three.
Click here to see the Closing Presentation for Charrette Four.
Click here to see the proposed Downtown Streetscape Standard Document.
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IN THE NEWS
Connect Columbus has been in the news! Check out these articles and publications on the project:
March 10, 2015 Department of Public Service Press Release
March 9, 2015, Columbus Dispatch article (Rick Rouan), titled "Columbus asked for public input on transportation plan"
March 14, 2015, Columbus Underground article (Brent Warren), titled "New Thoroughfare Plan Will Tackle Street Layout, Bike Lanes, Light Rail and More"
March 17, 2015, This Week Community News article (Gary Seman Jr.). Titled: Official going on the road to talk transportation
April 6, 2015, This Week Community News article (Gary Seman Jr.). Titled: City officials seek input on transportation plan
April 6, 2015, Columbus Dispatch Editorial. Titled: A new route to the future. Columbus, COTA, and MORPC team up on transportation planning
April 23, 2015 Department of Public Service Press Release
May 25, 2015 Columbus Underground Article (Brent Warren), titled "Transit Proposals Beginning to Generate Discussion"
May 26, 2015 This Week Article (Kevin Parks), titled "Resident input sought as city eyes needs for transportation"
June 1, 2015 Department of Public Service Press Release for Charrette Two
June 16, 2015 This Week Article (Kevin Parks), titled "Connect Columbus Coming to Northland"