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|ohio department of transportation intranet news release|
Transit Promotion Campaign
Columbus Try Transit Week, the annual week-long public transit promotional campaign, will take place this year September 13-17. In support of the goal of increased ridesharing and transit use, ODOT's Office of Public Transportation (PT) and the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) are sponsoring several activities.
On September 9, ODOT and COTA are sponsoring a drawing to win a free October 1999 COTA monthly bus pass. You can enter the drawing by depositing a ticket (including your name and phone number) in either of two collection boxes from 11 am to 1 pm on September 9. One box will be at the COTA information table located near the entrance of the cafeteria. A COTA representative will be available to answer questions and distribute COTA route information. The second box will be located on one of COTA's buses that will be parked at the passenger shelter between the ODOT and ODPS buildings. By having a COTA bus here, employees will have an opportunity enter and view the bus, ask the driver questions, and enter the drawing. The winner of the drawing will be notified on Friday, September 10.
COTA is celebrating their 25th anniversary and Try Transit Week on September 15th by lowering the fare on all routes to $.25. A "Seat For Sale $.25" flyer will be distributed to all ODOT and ODPS employees with your September 10 paycheck.
Governor Robert Taft has proclaimed September 15, 1999, as "Ohio Rideshare Day." The purpose of Ohio Rideshare Day is to bring heightened public awareness to the benefits of ridesharing. They include: a more efficient use of fuel resources, reduced traffic congestion, cleaner air, and less wear on our roadways.
Furthermore, in a longer term promotion, ODOT PT is sponsoring a transit oriented photo contest. We are asking employees of agencies or organizations providing services related to public transportation (which includes ODOT employees) to submit 5" x 7" glossy print photos. Separate prizes will be given for photos in two categories; "A Day in the Life of Public Transportation", and "Facilities and/or Equipment". The deadline for submission will be January 31, 2000. Further details on the contest will be available on September 30, by calling Terry Tharp at 6-8955 or by visiting the PT web site.
Finally, ODOT PT would like to invite everyone to consider transit and ridesharing as a commuting option during Try Transit Week. While the benefits of driving your own vehicle are many, so are the negative effects such as traffic jams, dangerous air quality, and safety problems. Who knows, you may enjoy a break from the routine.