A number of multimodal options fill in the gaps for Columbus commuters without cars.
CoGo Bike Share
The bicycle sharing service made its Columbus debut in July 2013. A fleet of 300 bikes are available 24 hours a day year-round at a network of 30 docking stations Downtown. Though the service does not qualify for pre-tax IRS commuter benefits, CoGo offers a corporate program with discounted or subsidized employee memberships. CoGo corporate subscribers choose from three membership levels: First-level member businesses pay no contribution but can offer employees an individual group discounted annual rate of $65; second-level member businesses pay $30 for each employee CoGo user, employees pay $30, too; third-level members pay $54 per user, leaving individual employees with a $1 fee. Visit CoGoBikeShare.comfor complete details.
"Clever entrepreneurs know there's a difference between being mobile and owning cars." That's the pitch Car2Go point-to-point carsharing service makes to potential business clients in Columbus. The company, a subsidiary of the Daimler North America Corporation, introduced the service in Columbus in October 2013. Members can use a smart phone app, website or find a car to use on the street. With a simple swipe of a member card in the Car2Go windshield reader, drivers are all set. Gas, insurance, GPS navigation, roadside assistance and parking are included in the $.38 per minute usage fee (one hour costs a maximum of $13.99 or a total of no more than $72.99 for 24 hours of use). When finished with their trips, drivers park anyplace that's legal and within the designated service area, swipe their cards and the car is ready for another driver to hop in. Registration is $35 and may be completed at Columbus.Car2Go.com.
COTA will introduce a uniquely branded Downtown Circulator bus on May 5, 2014. For a fare of $0.50 (proposed cost; final fares to be determined), riders can catch a bus to the city's main entertainment and business districts. Every 15 minutes, the Downtown Circulator will pull up at newly branded stops and deliver fares along a north-south route running up and down High and Front streets. Major destinations along the route include the Arena District, the Columbus Convention Center, the Short North and the North Market, German Village and the Brewery District, Columbus Commons and the Scioto Mile, downtown hotels and the Ohio, Palace, Southern and Capitol theaters.