April 19, 2012

Dispatch Reports on Rush Hour

The Columbus Dispatch has a blog/feature called "Crawlumbus: Covering the reconstruction of the I-71/670 interchange, inch by inch." It's easy to assume that the blog would only be about the I-70/71 split fix but it's interesting what has been covered:
I've highlighted the three relating to the split fix in pink. The two highlighted in yellow are things I was somewhat interested in. I think when 80% of your recent articles have nothing to do with the name of your feature, you may want to rebrand to "Trafficking Columbus: About Traffic, Not Drugs" or "Transport Blog: We'll complain about traffic or your money back" or something about generic transportation. 

But really, it makes sense that you can't fill a blog with a road as small as the Innerbelt. Plus, there's only so much viewership you can get with "Ramp X is closed" or "Traffic was backed up again." Diversification is good but I don't look at everything filed under "Crawlumbus" because the idea behind it doesn't interest me. However, transportation does interest me.

For example, take what has happened since January 1, 2012, when BuckIDs were required to be swiped on COTA:
"The transit authority reports that OSU ridership -- 'free' for students with valid BuckID cards -- is down 7.3 percent so far this year. And paid ridership on campus-area routes is up ... [where] routes along High Street, Kenny Road and the Lennox Town Center have a combined 30,000 additional paid riders."
That's interesting. The following is also interesting for the author's disdain of how the bikes look:
"They're also not the most glamorous looking bikes. Bikes used for Minneapolis' program are lime green. Chicago's are gun-metal gray."
I think they're kind of cute:
Source: Live Green Twin Cities
A scene from Newsies:


  1. The student ridership issue is interesting. I think everyone could have guessed that there were some former students still using BuckIDs for free rides. The 7.8% sounds about right. It's interesting too that it has translated to more paid ridership. Maybe they should have done this years ago?

    1. Assuming that there's 30,000 riders per 3 months results in 120,000 higher ridership per year. The annual ridership total is 18.7 million. It's difficult to say how much of the increase can be attributed to general increase in ridership.

      It'd be nice to see how large of an increase 30,000 riders are for those routes.

      I agree though, they should have gotten rid of free riders a long time ago.


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