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Old 11-05-2007, 09:46 AM
 
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Hi,

I live in Cincinnati and my in-laws will be flying into Columbus in early december. They land at 9PM and their connecting bus(megabus.com) to Cincinati leaves from North terminal of COTA in downtown (w.spring and n.wall) at about 11:30.

I wanted to know -
1) if it is safe to be in the bus terminal waiting for a bus - 2) does the north terminal have a 'covered'/'closed' waiting area (since it will be very cold outside..)

Thanks!
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Old 11-06-2007, 11:10 AM
 
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The terminal is in a safe area of downtown, downtown Columbus has the lowest crime rates of any commercial district in the city. At night that area of downtown, and most of the center of downtown, is pretty much clear of people though. It would be a pretty boring wait and cold.


That station is right off of Columbus' main street, High St., in an alley way called Wall St. Sometimes some homeless people can wander by the terminal as it is near a YMCA where they stay.

Also, the terminal is slightly covered but not enclosed and is exposed to the outdoor cold. It would not be a great place to wait any longer than 15minutes (at the very very most)

December nights can be pretty cold in Columbus and I wouldn't want to stand around waiting for a cab there as its not a very popular area to hang out a night.

However, just 3 blocks north is Columbus' Arena District (Front and Nationwide) where you can get a bite to eat, sit at a bar, and there's lots of cabs there. They could take a cab to the Arena District to hang out until around 10:30 when they can walk or take a cab the few blocks back to the terminal.

Also, there is a restaurant called the Elevator on High and Wall St. Ally way just a few feet away from the terminal. I would recommend hanging out there until its time for departure. It is literally just a few feet away from the terminal. The elevator, and some of the arena district places, are not open on sundays though.

I do have a question, how are they getting from the airport to the downtown Megabus site? If they are taking a bus that can take a little bit of time, (ive heard 30mins or longer to get from the airport to downtown) Welcome to COTA (Central Ohio Transit Authority) is the cities' bus transportation. Also, you could take a cab from the airport to the downtown terminal.
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Old 11-06-2007, 12:30 PM
 
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Thanks, streetcreed for the info.. That was really helpful.

I am thinking of asking them to take a cab from airport to the downtown area(n terminal). It should be about $25 right??

Thanks again..
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Old 11-07-2007, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Hey did just drive by that terminal today, and for some unknown reason, it is being torn up! I am going to call COTA (which operates the terminal, and Megabus just uses it) tomorrow why its torn up and if it affects Megabus' routes. I will post the results here.

Cabs in Columbus are along the lines of most cities in prices, I know our cab rates are a few cents more than some other cities (even NY) but they are about the same. I am not sure of the exact cost, but Port Columbus is not too far from downtown by highway (about 8 miles, 12 minutes)
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