Historically transportation policies divided communities – highways ripped through black and working-class neighborhoods and governments divested from public transit. Now is the time for a more equitable transportation system that provides access and choices to residents across our city, connecting folks to jobs and fighting climate change.
A New Vision for Transit
- As Co-Chair of the Insight2050 Corridor Concepts Initiative, Council President Hardin led a collaborative effort to analyze what focusing new housing and business growth along high-capacity transit corridors could mean for our region’s economy, health, and environment.
- Council President Hardin collaborated with partners to implement this transit-forward model for inclusive growth known as LinkUS.
- Simply put, LinkUS is how we’ll bring fast, convenient, and affordable transit to Columbus.
- Transit improvements must include frequent, reliable service, accessible transit stops for riders of all abilities, and discounted or free-fare programs for low-income riders.
- As Columbus builds this new transit network, we must also push to build more affordable housing and job centers near those new transit lines. This is often called Equitable Transit Oriented Development.
- Council President Hardin believes that residents should have options when it comes to getting around town. That means investing in accessible public infrastructures like trails, sidewalks, bike lanes, and street improvements. Prioritizing affordable, sustainable transit and providing transportation choices to neighborhoods across Columbus is also critical to address greenhouse gas emissions in our city.
- Council President Hardin is a strong believer in the Vision Zero philosophy that puts residents’ safety first.