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Columbia Buses Offer Free Rides for Election Day

Mar 14, 2016
Columbia bus
Columbia Transit

ComoConnect busses will be free to ride Tuesday and on every Election Day for the rest of the year.

Electric Buses Drive into Columbia

Sep 18, 2015
Como Connect

Columbia will be the first Missouri city to use electric buses, when the first vehicles arrive September 21.

COMO Connect will receive four battery electric buses from BYD Coach & Bus Company. BYD’s media representative Matt Jurjevich says Columbia is at the forefront of a movement toward electric buses.

Columbia transit bus
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The Columbia City Council is considering hiring a consultant to help combat the continuing decline in city bus ridership.

The Public Works Department added new bus routes in August to serve more people in the Columbia area, but now city council members are reevaluating how transportation funding should be allocated.

The city currently has a half-cent transportation sales tax that provides funding for the transit system as well the Columbia Regional Airport and road repair.


After the launch of CoMo Connect this summer, public transit ridership in Columbia jumped about 11 percent according to the Columbia Public Works Department. However, public transit remains a problem for the city, with long waiting times and limited evening and weekend services. Missouri Business Alert’s Tatiana Darie looks into why this is happening and what efforts are being made to improve it.

Free Rides to Roots N Blues Festival

Sep 26, 2014
Columbia Transit

More than 25,000 people are expected to attend this year's Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival, which raises the question, where is everyone going to park?

The festival kicks off tomorrow at Stephens Lake Park and runs through Sunday, September 28.

This year, Roots N Blues N BBQ teamed up with COMO Connect to ease parking tensions by offering free transportation services for the festival all weekend long.

Tom Kackley / KBIA

The city of Columbia revealed the rebranding and renaming of Columbia's public transportation system as "COMO Connect" in a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

New COMO Connect system has successful practice run

Apr 14, 2014
Columbia transit bus
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The new transit system, COMO Connect, went for its first test run earlier this week. The system went on a full run beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website. 

Downtown Columbia parking rates to increase

Sep 17, 2013
Parking meter
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This fall, the cost of parking in downtown Columbia will increase -- but access to public transit will as well.

Columbia City Council members last night amended the city code to raise parking rates for both unmetered off street facilities and metered parking in the MU campus area. The amendment will go into effect October 1. 

Meter prices on campus will increase from 75 cents per hour to $1 per hour. Parking pass prices will go up $10 a month but parking permit consumers will have an unlimited bus pass included in their monthly rate.