Proposed Circulator Public Comment August 2013

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Purpose: Present a proposed downtown circulator concept, as well as solicit ideas, comments, and answer questions

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Proposed Circulator Public Comment August 2013

  1. 1. Proposed Downtown Circulator Public Comment Meetings August, 2013
  2. 2. 2 Purpose of meeting  Present a proposed downtown bus circulator concept  Solicit ideas, comments and answer questions about a proposed downtown bus circulator
  3. 3. 3 What is a Downtown Circulator?  Special bus route circulating through a downtown area, characterized by:  Improves connectivity between downtown area activity centers  Encourages and supports downtown development  High frequency service  Uniquely branded vehicles and stops  Easy to understand and use  Reduced or free fare
  4. 4. 4  Numerous cities have implemented downtown circulators including:  Cleveland, OH Trolley  Baltimore, MD Charm City Circulator  Nashville, TN Music City Circuit  Houston, TX GreenLink  Raleigh, NC R-Line  Washington, DC DC Circulator Examples From Other Cities Cleveland, OH Nashville, TN Houston, TX Raleigh, NC Washington, DC Baltimore, MD
  5. 5. 5 Why a Downtown Columbus Circulator?  The downtown area continues to grow with increased investments in:  Residential development  Entertainment and attractions  Employment  Dining and nightlife  Retail and services
  6. 6. 6 Enhancing Downtown Livability  Residential growth: approximately 4,500 existing units, with another 2,400 under construction or planned including:  Atlas Building  250 S. High  570 Lofts  Annex at River South  Arena Crossing  Flats on Vine I & II  Highpoint at Columbus Commons  The Hubbard Park Place  Julian Building Apartments  LC Apartments at High & Rich  Liberty Place Apartments  Leveque Tower  Neighborhood Launch  Parkside on Pearl  The Wood Company  Yankee on High LC Apartments Arena Crossing HighPoint
  7. 7. 7 Improved Connections to Attractions and Events Attractions and festivals generated nearly 8 million visitors in 2012 including:  Arena District  Arnold Fitness Expo  Arts Festival  Brewery District  CAPA (Ohio, Palace, Southern, Capitol theaters)  Columbus Commons  Columbus Convention Center  ComFest  COSI  First Night Columbus  German Village  Greek Festival  Huntington Park (Clippers/concerts)  Jazz & Rib Fest  LC Pavilion  Nationwide Arena (Blue Jackets/concerts)  North Market  Red, White & Boom  Scioto Mile  Shadowbox Live  The Short North Arts District (Gallery Hop)  And many more! Columbus Commons Event Nationwide Arena Scioto Mile
  8. 8. 8 Meeting Downtown Employee Transportation Needs  Downtown area continues to be the largest employment center in the region with approximately 85,000 employees. More than 7,000 added since 2003. Major employment sectors include:  Banking  Education  Government  Healthcare  Hospitality  Insurance  Legal  Utilities
  9. 9. 9 Improved Connections to Dining and Nightlife The Cap Short North Gay Street Ohio Theater Brewery District Arena District
  10. 10.  Printing and Shipping Services  Gyms and Fitness Centers  Coffee Shops  Dry Cleaners & Tailors  Cell Phone Providers  Convenience Stores & Pharmacies 10 Improved Connections to Retail and Services  Grocery Stores  Banks  Hair Salons & Barbers  Clothing & Shoe Stores  Specialty Stores  Medical, Dental, and Vision Services  Can significantly decrease the number of auto trips made by employees and residents in the area. The proposed bus circulator will connect a number of these services including: North Market Health & Fitness Retail
  11. 11. 11 Attracting Visitors  Sixteen Downtown area hotels totaling nearly 4,000 rooms. Hospitality sector continues to expand with ongoing investments to meet growing demand  Convention Center events attracted more than one million attendees in 2012  The Short North Arts District is a nationally recognized attraction offering a wide variety of art, dining, and nightlife activities
  12. 12. 12 Proposed Circulator Alignment  From Sycamore Street and Front Street:  North on Front Street to Park Street  East on Buttles Avenue  South on High Street  West on West Sycamore Street  4.1 mile loop  Provides improved connectivity between the following areas in and around downtown:  Arena District  Brewery District  German Village  Italian Village  River South  Short North  Uptown  Victorian Village
  13. 13. 13 Proposed Stop Locations  20 stops  Signage will include distinctive branding  Where feasible, stops on Front Street will include new passenger shelters  Real-time next bus arrival information at select stops Example of possible real-time display
  14. 14. 14 Park Once  Provides connections from various parking garages and lots to popular destinations and events  Helps alleviate parking problems along segments of the alignment
  15. 15. 15 Proposed Service Characteristics*  Frequent Service  10-15 minutes Monday – Friday  15 minutes Saturday/Sunday/Holidays  Span of Service  7:00am -10:00pm daily  Reduced or free fare  Six 30’ branded CNG buses  Service planned to begin in May 2014 *As of 8-26-13
  16. 16. 16 Thank You! Questions or Comments?

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