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CBUS circulator is free … until 2016

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For those of us who love free things (which, admit it, is ALL of us), we’ve got some good news! COTA’s Board of Trustees voted to keep the CBUS Circulator free. Well, until 2016 – which is when the current funds will have been used up. But don’t worry too much, COTA and CBUS have created a task force that’ll look for a sustainable source of funding for the buses, so that they can continue to run for free. CBUS Circulator rolled out last May (2014) for use in the downtown area, offering free rides. It travels High and Front St., going back and forth from the Short North to the Brewery District. (deb)

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Previously Nov. 19, 2014 

CBUS circulator will still be free…for now

While rumors of a fare for the currently free CBUS were circulating, it looks like the bus will be free for a bit longer. Wednesday morning the board cast its votes to keep the bus free and it will stay that way up until at least May. Fares for all other buses also will not go up for next year. The board is hoping to find a way to subsidize the line by May 3, the Dispatch reported.

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Previously Oct. 22, 2014

Board members not fans of CBUS fare

COTA board members might not all be ready to charge 50 cents for the CBUS which is currently free. Some even said that charging for it could kill the circulator, the Dispatch reported. “I think we are jeopardizing our success if we move to a fare,” said trustee Craig Treneff, according to the paper. “Frankly, a lot of young people don’t carry cash with them.” COTA is considering raising the fare to cover the costs of runnings the bus.

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Previously Oct. 15, 2014

Proposal asks for higher COTA fare + no more free CBUS

COTA has officially put in its proposal to raise the COTA fare by 25 cents and the free CBUS line would cost 50 cents. “(The fare increase) enables us to continue growing our service and improving our service,” said spokesman Marty Stutz, according to the Dispatch. The CBUS line, which began in May, has allowed for transportation from the Short North and the Brewery District and about 250,000 people have taken the bus. Yearly that line is set to cost the city $1.3 million and with the addition of a fare for the bus, COTA is hoping to offset that.

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Previously Sept. 24, 2014 

COTA bus fare could get pricier

Officials are looking at COTA bus fares, and riders could see an increase in ticket cost. COTA looks at fares every three years to see if any changes need to be made and the last time that happened it was 2012, according to the Dispatch. Not all of COTA’s money to run an operate depends on fares, and only 20 percent is made through tickets, while the rest is paid for through a sales tax. While the authority addresses the issue of rising bus fare prices, they will also discuss the free Cbus Downtown Circulator. The bus was only approved to give free rides through the end of 2014, which is nearing, and COTA will discuss if that free ride will still be available come the new year.

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Daily Perk: Ohio Champion of Sports Tickets

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Enter here for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the Ohio Champion of Sports exhibit at the Ohio History Center, presented by The Ohio History Connection! This interactive exhibit engages you in stories by athletes, owners, and coaches through recorded interviews. Head on over to their website for more info and to check out some blog posts, here.

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¡Ándele, check out these 10 Cinco de Mayo fiestas!

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The hangovers on Monday will be brutal, but the good times on Sunday for Cinco De Mayo will all be worth it. There’s plenty of ways to get down in the city this weekend, and we’re here to give you the scoop for all your various tequila-fueled dreams.

Balboa | 1312 Grandview Ave. | All Day!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the new and improved Balboa! With a new patio and improvements to the interior, Balboa’s tequilas, tacos, and nachos will taste a whole lot better.

Chuy’s | 4154 Seward Street | All Weekend Long

Only one day of Cinco de Mayo just isn’t enough, so Chuy’s is celebrating Cinco de Mayo ALL WEEKEND LONG! One buck floaters will be on tap Friday, $1 off perfect margaritas will be offered on Saturday, plus many, many more food and drink deals on Sunday.

Los Guachos | Multiple locations | All Day!

Chow on the BEST Tacos Al Pastor in town on Cinco de Mayo because Los Guachos is offering a BOGO deal! Chips and salsa/queso is also half priced for the holiday. Check out the Sawmill Road location for a live Mariachi band, full bar, and fresh made margaritas.

Rancho Alegre | Multiple locations | All Weekend!

Friday through Sunday, Rancho Alegre is throwing down with margaritas, authentic tacos, piñata, and a patio! $5.50 blue, mango, and strawberry margaritas; $7 Patron margaritas; $14.99 buckets of beer; $2.99 bottled beer, and so much more!

94th Aero Squadron | 5030 Sawyer Rd. | All Day!

When it comes to tequila, 94th Aero Squadron is making sure you have options. Whether you’re into Mexican Mules (house tequila with fresh lime, ginger beer, and agave) or satisfying your sweet tooth with the El Mariachi (house tequila with muddled berries, grapefruit juice, and sweet and sour), you’ll only be shelling out $5 for your drinks. Or spice up your classic margarita with the Fiesta Margarita which features house tequila with fresh watermelon, simple syrup, and fresh lemon.

The Goat in Hilliard | 4265 Brooklands Dr. | 12 p.m.

It’ll take a little work, but you’ll get rewarded for your efforts. Start and finish the 5K/3.1 mile course at The Goat where runners will receive a complimentary beer from the Marathon Brewing Company in Boston called 26.2. And if you’re looking to pinch a few pennies, use the coupon code CINCO to get $8 off your entry fee.

1400 Food Labs | 1400 Dublin Rd. | 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Holy guacamole—it’s a feast! This Mexican street food-themed features all of your favorites: toastadas, tacos al pastor, esquites, and cheese quesadillas of two variations. And that’s not even the full menu. For $40, you can feast like a king, plus the bar will be serving Ohio craft beers and margs by Simple Time Mixers.

Condado Tacos | Multiple locations | All Day!

Condado is throwing a two day-long party on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 with $1 off house margaritas, $20 house margarita pitchers, $3 draft cerveza, $5 Mi Campo Reposado tequila shots. The restaurant is also giving away five $100 gift cards per day, at each location and the full menu will be available all weekend.

Chile Verde | 4852 Sawmill Rd | All Day!

You won’t want to miss Don’t miss this annual Cinco De Mayo Fiesta.
The party includes exclusive brunch features, annual cinco quiz for money, photo booth, balloon artist, face painting, and much more!

Nada | 220 W Nationwide Blvd. | All Day!

Ready, set, Cinco! Nada will be throwing down margs, tacos, & all the usual favorites May 5th! Keep up with their social media for more details.

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The clock is ticking on your chance to win big with ColumBest!

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March is slowly but surely winding down, which means the clock is ticking on your chance to vote in our our yearly “best of” Columbus readers poll.

Not only does voting in ColumBest 2019 give you the opportunity to show your favorite local brands and businesses some love, it also offers a chance to win big. This year, one lucky ColumBest voter will win a $1,999 Easton shopping spree, a $2,000 home makeover from Value City Furniture, and a $250 Moo Moo’s car wash gift card.

You read that right – that’s all ONE prize! To make the reality of this amazing offer a little more tangible, let’s break down what could be in store for the lucky winner.

  • The “low fat” wash at Moo Moo is more than enough to knock a winter’s worth of salt off your ride in time for spring. At $8 a go, a $250 gift card will net a whopping 31 trips through the suds.
  • Among many great restaurants and retailers, Easton is home to a Cinnabon Bakery location. While we’re not suggesting you spend the entire $1,999 shopping spree on their delicious, gooey, cinnamon-frosted treats, the almost $2,000 prize would be good for around 531 of Cinnabon’s classic rolls. Please dine responsibly.
  • You know the old futon in your living room leftover from college that faces the TV stacked on top of milk crates? It’s time to upgrade. Thanks to the deals at Value City Furniture, the $2,000 prize will go a long way toward improving any room in your house.

Once you’re done voting for your faves, make sure to save your spot at our ColumBest Party at Express LIVE! on May 13th. You won’t want to miss this celebration of the best of the best in Columbus!

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