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We believe in the power of transit

The Downtown C-pass program is an innovative partnership between the downtown property owners in the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District (CCSID), MORPC and COTA launched to solve a downtown parking crunch.

In 2014, downtown property owners feared a parking shortage would stall development. So, CCSID, MORPC and COTA joined forces to pilot a study to see if downtown workers would change commuting habits with a transit incentive. Transit ridership nearly doubled when employees were offered a free bus pass.

Fast-forward to 2018: downtown property owners, MORPC and generous corporate partners funded unlimited transit access to even more downtown workers. The results are impressive: transit ridership has grown from 5% to between 10% and 14% among the eligible pool of workers. Companies report the program helps with recruitment, retention and employee morale. They also report making leasing decisions based on a building’s C-pass eligibility.

Join us in thanking our innovative problem-solving partners and financial supporters who help create positive change in our region.


Transit Partners



Sustainable Supporters

Bailey Cavalieri City of Columbus Create Columbus Commission

Fifth Third Bank Kegler Brown
KeyBank MACBEA Foundation Medical Mutual of Ohio
Ohio Department of Health Ohio Department of Transportation PNC Bank

Schneider Downs The Columbus Foundation Transit Center