Free Bus Passes for Workers: Columbus’s Big Idea to Relieve Congestion Downtown

Columbus, Ohio will be piloting a program that gives downtown workers free bus passes. The city has struggled with downtown parking availability and a low public transit usage rate, which has led to business expansion in suburban areas. To help combat these difficulties and ensure a bustling downtown, the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District (SID) has convinced its members to pay for free transit passes for their employees through a fee calculated by their square footage. The two-year trial will begin next summer and the organization is hoping to see a threefold increase in public transit usage.

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