The city of Columbus, OH, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), and the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) have begun the LinkUS Mobility Corridors Initiative with the goal of improving transportation and promoting economic activity along specific corridors in the region. LinkUS has begun with the Northwest Corridor Mobility Initiative – expected to be the first of several corridor action plans.
“Today more than ever, we must move swiftly to address critical needs in Columbus and Central Ohio to foster a more resilient and inclusive region,” said Columbus mayor, Andrew Ginther. “As our region continues to grow, we must ensure that all residents prosper, not just a few. LinkUS will deliver mobility options in our community that will help increase equity by enhancing access to jobs, business development, housing and healthcare, and prepare for future growth that is inclusive and available for all of our residents.”
The Insight 2050 Corridor Concepts study conducted by MORPC projected that Central Ohio’s population will grow by 25% in the next 30 years and that the region will add 300,000 jobs in the next 40 years. With this expected increased demand for transportation, the initiative will seek to address traffic congestion, provide new mobility options, expand access to resources, and create equitable access to jobs, housing, and health care.
“Our studies show Central Ohio businesses depend on a growing trail and transit network to retain and attract talent. We also know that young adults are far less interested in owning a car and want more options to get around. And our growing older population they also want more mobility options,” says MORPC director, William Murdock.