Columbus CEOs Get Lifts From COTA

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The Central Ohio Transit Authority is pledging to give rides to more than 100 community and business leaders before the end of the year.

COTA’s CEO is inviting the leaders to ride with him on an express bus ride from home to the office.

The agency hopes it will help employers experience the value of taking the bus.

Friday morning, the CEO of Huntington Bank accepted an invitation from COTA to take the express ride from New Albany to Downtown Columbus.

“I haven't been on a bus in 30 years -- fabulous experience, can't recommend it highly enough,” said Steve Steinour.

COTA CEO Curtis Stitt, said he frequently rides the bus for rolling town hall meetings to listen to rider's ideas and complaints. Now, he's taking community outreach one step further.

“COTA is inviting corporate bosses around Columbus to ride the bus in hopes they'll go back and share the experience with their employees,” Stitt said. “Every express ride eliminates between 20 and 30 cars off the road.”

The CEO of the Columbus Metropolitan Library said he did not expect such a friendly atmosphere.

“Really a nice group of people on the bus, really a sense of family of regular riders and it was just a great experience; really fast, really convenient,” said Patrick Losinski.

The quick but eye-opening trip took riders less than a half hour to reach their destination Friday morning, an eye opening experience for community leaders who won't wait another 30-years to catch the bus

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