Downtown C-pass continues to win awards and gather praise for its innovative nature and its role in attracting companies Downtown. C-pass is collaborative effort between property owners in the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA). It allows eligible companies in downtown Columbus to offer unlimited transit access for employees. There is no cost to employers or employees. C-pass users have access to any bus, any time, any day.
First, Government Technology News selected Downtown C-pass as one of its Special Districts Award winners for its efforts to increase office occupancy downtown.
"To offset building office space vacancies and increasing traffic congestion in downtown Columbus, the district paired up with the Central Ohio Transit Authority and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, asked building owners and government partners to commit resources, and leveraged the regional commuter app to offer free bus rides to downtown. In the first year, over one million free bus rides have been redeemed, and downtown building leases and transit ridership have increased."
In addition, MORPC awarded C-pass the Collaborative Achievement in Sustainability Award at its Sustainability Summit. The award recognizes a group of entities or individuals who have shown effectiveness in producing environmental accomplishments through a collaborative effort.
Finally, Candid Company gave Downtown C-pass unexpected praise during testimony at Columbus City Council, saying "Our employees really love being downtown, and part of the success of Candid establishing a downtown office has been the C-pass program...."
In employer surveys, 17 companies said that Downtown C-pass impacted their decision to renew or sign a lease downtown.