Smart Mobility Hubs will make it easier to connect with transit and other modes of transportation to get to jobs, education and services in the Linden and Easton areas.
Create a centralized location with access to different transportation options to help residents get where they need to go.
As the availability of alternative modes of transportation increases, access for those who would benefit the most is important. In addition to physical barriers, limited internet access and the need to plan trips via different mobile apps holds some Columbus neighbors back from connecting with the city’s mobility options.
Smart Mobility Hubs will provide a number of different transportation options in one place and – via an interactive digital kiosk – provide access to Wi-Fi, emergency calling, social services, maps and a comprehensive trip planning and payment service. What makes the hubs “smart” is the interactive digital kiosk known as “IKE” (short for Interactive Kiosk Experience), which brings together services such as USB charging, real-time travel information and direct access to mobility providers into one standalone unit.
Through community input, six locations were identified for Smart Mobility Hubs: Columbus State Communtiy College, Linden Transit Center, St. Stephen's Community House, Linden Library, Northern Lights Park and Ride and Easton Transit Center. Construction of the hubs will begin in Fall 2019. To ensure long-term success beyond the Smart Columbus pilot program, partner agencies were involved early in the site selection process. At the end of the pilot period, partners will continue to own and maintain hub sites so they remain community assets.
Partners on this project include Columbus State Community College, Central Ohio Transit Authority, St. Stephen's Community House, and Columbus Metropolitan Library.