COTA bus route changes affect Blacklick Estates

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

The Central Ohio Transit Authority’s review of existing service could bring changes to bus service in and around Madison Township by expanding a line and eliminating stops in Blacklick Estates.

COTA representative Elliott Doza updated The Madison Township trustees on the authority’s transit system review. Phase I, adding service hours every January, May and September through 2017, began this year.

Phase II in May 2017 could result in significant changes—realignments, line renumbering, the opening of a new rapid transit line and discontinuation of service, such as one under consideration for Blacklick Estates.

“We’re doubling the number of high frequency lines and expanding access to employment sites,” Doza said.

Weekly, all-day service to the Rickenbacker area is expanding, including the extension of a bus line accessing the Obetz, Groveport and Madison Township area.

“We are proposing to remove service from Blacklick Estates,” said Doza, who said riders could still catch a bus at the Hamilton or Chatterton road stops. “This wouldn’t happen until May 2017. We’re also working with other agencies to provide alternative service. We try to avoid going too far into residential neighborhoods.”

Meetings will be conducted by COTA throughout the summer soliciting public input on recommendations made in the year-long study and review prior to Phase I and Phase II changes.

U.S. Route 33 projects
Ohio Department of Transportation representatives also updated the trustees on current and upcoming freeway projects impacting southeastern Franklin County.

Construction on U.S. Route 33 includes a pair of projects. The first, beginning in April 2016, is resurfacing of the thoroughfare from Hamilton Road to the Fairfield County line and construction of offset left turn lanes at Bixby Road. The project is estimated to wrap-up in October 2016.

The second project is slated to start in April 2018 and end the following October. It also includes resurfacing U.S. 33 north of I-270 to Hamilton Road and construction of an auxiliary lane from I-270 to Hamilton Road in both directions.

Resurfacing will be done as much as possible in the evening during off-peak hours and traffic lanes will be maintained.

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