This project has been APPROVED by Columbia City Council!
What is COMO Connect?
COMO Connect started out as just an idea in 2013. The City Manager challenged transit staff to come up with something innovative to improve Columbia bus system and offer customers better transportation options. Through a year-long process of public input, long planning meetings, hundreds of customer surveys, and multiple redesigns, City Council approved the staff’s COMO Connect project on February 17, 2014.
- COMO Connect is a Strategic plan for the future of Columbia’s transit system needs.
- COMO Connect is an Innovative concept and process.
- COMO Connect is Responsive to our customers and stakeholders.
- COMO Connect is designed for Growth.
City Council Work Sessions and Hearings
February 17, 2014 - Public Hearing on Columbia Transit’s proposed plan designs and public input results.
May 22, 2013 – Columbia Transit presented project COMO Connect to the Columbia City Council at a work session.
- View the work session
- View the staff presentation slides
- Maps which staff referenced that were not in the slide presentation can be viewed by clicking on the map links below.
Be aware that these are large files which may cause long download times and are best viewed in their native size of 36 by 48 inches. Maps last updated January 2014. For a quick reference of the final route designs, please visit “Maps & Schedules” in the main menu bar above.
- Proposed base map showing All Routes (updated January 2014).
- Proposed routes compared to Current Routes (updated January 2014).
- Proposed routes compared to Ward Boundaries (updated January 2014).
- Proposed routes compared to High School Boundaries (updated January 2014).
- Proposed routes compared to Priority Snow Routes (updated January 2014).
- Proposed routes compared to Household Income Census Data (updated January 2014).
- Proposed routes compared to Population Census Data (updated January 2014).
- Proposed routes compared to Non-Motorized Transportation Infrastructure (updated January 2014).
What’s in a Name?
The City needed a name for the transit overhaul project, and the name COMO Connect was born. The catchy name was focused on our current and future customers, and striving to offer our local community better connections to where they live and work.
With the help of Creative Ink, a student-run marketing firm at Stephens College, Columbia Transit was able to roll out an exciting new brand and logo with the innovative new transit system as well. The COMO Connect name had become so popular and recognizable through the publicity and public survey process, that the team decided it would stay as the new name of the transit system.