New Albany’s SmartRide public-transportation program, that is run in partnership with COTA, continues to rise as a New Albany International Business Park grows, according to internal officials.
COTA’s Line 40 buses transport to a city’s business park from downtown Columbus and Easton Transit Center from 6 to 8 a.m. and make lapse trips from 3:50 to 5:55 p.m. any weekday, pronounced COTA mouthpiece Lisa Myers.
COTA offers 6 trips on Line 40 in a morning and 5 in a afternoon, she said. The additional track in a morning creates usually a few of a normal stops downtown and afterwards deduction directly to COTA’s New Albany Park Ride, she said; a other 5 morning routes make all scheduled stops, including during a Easton Transit Center.
New Albany afterwards employs 3 giveaway shuttles that run locally via a business park, according to community-development executive Jennifer Chrysler.
“It’s been a genuine item to us from a business-attraction standpoint,” Chrysler said.
Chrysler pronounced some-more than 23,000 trips were done on a city’s convey use in a business park in 2015. In Jan and Feb of this year, some-more than 2,400 trips were made, she said.
Over a latter partial of 2015, a module also captivated millennials who are regulating a public-transportation complement to transport from downtown or Easton to work in a park’s corporate offices, Chrysler said.
Adrienne Joly, New Albany’s emissary executive of village development, pronounced a city paid $130,000 to work a SmartRide module in 2015. The module is being paid from a business park’s economic-development fund.
“The city contracts with (Parking Solutions Inc.) for drivers for all 3 shuttles and a use of one shuttle,” Joly said. “The city owns a other dual shuttles used for a SmartRide program.”
City orator Scott McAfee pronounced SmartRide is profitable to employees in a business park and a city wouldn’t have been means to exercise a module but COTA.
“The SmartRide module is another approach of meditative outward a box,” McAfee said.
COTA and New Albany began deliberating a travel hurdles in and around a business park years ago, Myers said.
“The city and COTA partnered to rise a new COTA Park Ride,” Myers said. “COTA increasing a reverse-commute use to a area on Line 40, and a city of New Albany began charity convey use that provides a door-to-door use via a business park that passengers need.”
Myers pronounced SmartRide launched in Sep 2014.
“Ridership on COTA’s Line 40 scarcely doubled after a use started and has continued to grow,” she said. “The SmartRide convey use has also continued to grow.”
Rider total from COTA uncover Line 40 was used 717 times per month in Oct 2013. Myers pronounced a total are a magnitude of any time someone gets on a bus.
After a SmartRide module was implemented, that figure increasing to 1,376 per month in Oct 2014.
In Oct 2015, a rate increasing to 3,035 times per month.
Myers pronounced a SmartRide partnership was used as a indication for a identical use in a Groveport-Rickenbacker area that launched in Sep 2015.