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COTA, Towns Kick Off Transit Service

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) in Columbus joined representatives from the city of Groveport and the village of Obetz to introduce the Groveport Rickenbacker Employee Access Transit (GREAT) shuttle service at an Oct. 14 ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Eddie Bauer Service Center, a merchandise distribution and customer service center located in the service area.

Groveport operates GREAT service with support from Obetz and businesses in the neighborhood of Rickenbacker Airport, including Eddie Bauer. The service shares bus stops with COTA and provides last-mile transit for employees between these stops and nearly 21,000 jobs located in the area.

“COTA strives to enhance the connectivity of our region, and this partnership allows us to work together with Groveport and Obetz to connect job seekers with jobs,” said COTA President/Chief Executive Officer Curtis Stitt. “Public transit is key to workforce and economic development in our community.”

Groveport Mayor Lance Westcamp said, “I’ve heard over and over again that recruiting employees and ­getting them to work is at the top of the list of needs for our businesses. That’s why the city decided to take the bull by the horns. We owed it to our businesses. We quickly realized that we couldn’t do it alone and we found amazing partners.”

Other speakers included Thea Walsh, director of transportation systems and funding, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission; Obetz Mayor D. Greg Scott; Steve Venegas, vice president, distribution North America, Eddie Bauer; and Lynn Aspey, director of business relations, Jewish Family Services.

Cutting the ribbon to launch GREAT shuttle service in the Columbus area, from left: Thea Walsh, D. Greg Scott, Lance Westcamp, Steve Venegas, Lynn Aspey and Curtis Stitt.

Shellee Fisher Photography

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