Cannon Drive Relocation - Frequently Asked Questions

The university continues to invest in improvements to support transportation and parking changes related to the upcoming relocation of Cannon Drive. Prior to Cannon Drive construction in September, the Polo surface parking lot is expected to close Sept. 4. The new Herrick Drive Transit Hub will open Tuesday, Sept. 5. All project dates are weather permitting.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions about the Cannon Drive Relocation project.

Why is the Cannon Drive relocation necessary?

The straightening and elevating of Cannon Drive aligns with Framework 2.0 and supports future growth of the university and the Medical Center by:

  • Creating 12 acres of developable land
  • Serving as future flood protection
  • Creating an eventual north-south connection between King and Lane Avenues
  • Enhancing green space in the Olentangy River corridor

Learn more or watch our a 3-minute educational video to learn about a majority of project impacts:

How will the Cannon Drive project impact my commute?

A 3-minute educational video will provide an overview of the Cannon Drive relocation project, including enhancements to the transportation and parking system. Additional details, including construction updates, will be shared at fod.osu.edu/cannondrive.

When will Cannon Drive construction begin and how long will it last?

Cannon Drive construction is expected to begin in September 2017 and last approximately two years.

When will the Polo Lots close? When will the Herrick Drive Transit Hub open?

Prior to Cannon Drive construction in September, the Polo surface parking lot is expected to close Sept. 4. The new Herrick Drive Transit Hub will open Sept. 5. All project dates are weather permitting

How will traffic be impacted along Cannon Drive and across campus?

Multiple road closures, including closing Cannon Drive for an extended period of time, will occur throughout the project. Comprehensive communication and access plans, such as signage, traffic control officers, etc., will be implemented to ensure patients and visitors have easy access to our facilities. West campus enhancements are intended to expand parking lots, add access roads, support enhanced shuttle service and help facilitate traffic in the area. Please check fod.osu.edu/cannondrive for the latest construction and transportation impacts.

Will the construction impact the SR 315 on and off ramps?

We anticipate that the SR 315 ramps will be closed Spring-Summer 2018. Advance notice of closures and associated impacts will be communicated in advance so that the motorists may plan accordingly.

When the construction begins and the Polo Lot closes, do I have to park on west campus?

Commuters will continue to have a menu of options, including access to enhanced shuttle service from west campus, thanks to investments throughout the parking and transportation system. Parking details can be found on CampusParc’s website.

Will there be reserved parking spaces for staff on west campus?

No, reserved parking is not available on campus. Carmack Lots 1-4 will be available to WA or WB permit holders The Carmack 5 lot will include a mix of overnight as well as commuter student parking.

What changes will occur on the west campus Carmack Lots?

A 3-minute educational video will provide an overview of the Cannon Drive relocation project, including enhancements to the transportation and parking system. Work will continue through the summer to expand parking lots, add entry points and traffic signals on west campus (see map for full project details). Carmack lots 1-4 will be reserved for faculty and staff (WA or WB permits) while Carmack 5 will have a limited number of commuter student (CXC) and overnight student (WC5) parking spaces. A majority of commuter students will be relocated to the Buckeye Lots and bus service will change accordingly. Beginning August 1, the Med Center Express will shift to the Carmack Lots and the Campus Loops will service the Buckeye Lots. Click here for additional information.

CABS routes and service times are available at ttm.osu.edu/cabs.

What parking and bus service changes will occur at the Buckeye Lots?

Beginning August 1, a majority of commuter students will be relocated to the Buckeye Lots and bus service will change accordingly. The Med Center Express will shift to the Carmack Lots and the Campus Loops will service the Buckeye Lots. Medical Center staff wishing to access the MC Express from the Carmack Lots can purchase a WA or WB parking permit. The shuttle from the Buckeye Lots to the Ackerman Road complex will no longer be available. Click here for additional information.

CABS routes and service times are available at ttm.osu.edu/cabs.

What parking and bus service changes will occur at the Ackerman Road Complex?

The Med Center Express will shift to the Carmack Lots and the Campus Loops will service the Buckeye Lots. A new, dedicated staff shuttle (Ackerman Shuttle) will provide direct service from the Ackerman Road complex to the Medical Center district every 20 minutes. Click here for additional information.

CABS routes and service times are available at ttm.osu.edu/cabs.

Where will commuter students park?

Beginning August 1, a majority of commuter students will be relocated to the Buckeye Lots located along Fred Taylor Drive The Campus Loop CABS routes will service the Buckeye Lots and continue to make stops throughout the academic campus. A CX parking permit will provide commuter students access to the Buckeye Lots or a limited number of spaces in the west campus Carmack 5 parking lot.

How should students that work or study on west campus access the area?

For students wishing to park in the Carmack Lots, a limited number of commuter student parking will be available in the Carmack 5 lot beginning August 1. This lot will require a CXC permit which will also grant access to the Buckeye Lots located along Fred Taylor Drive. CABS will offer two routes from the west campus Carmack lots, the MC Express and a new West Campus Loop that provides service every 30-minutes.

Does the CXC parking permit cost more than a WC?

No. For the same cost of a WC permit, commuter students will have access to the Buckeye Lot, located along Fred Taylor Drive, or the Carmack 5 Lot located on west campus.

When will the Med Center Express run – what are considered “peak service times?”

Beginning August 1, the MC Express will service the west campus Carmack Lots and will no longer make stop at the Buckeye Lots or Vet Med. It will provide similar service to current offerings until the Herrick Drive Transit Hub, expected to open Sept. 5, is complete. At this time, the Med Center Express will offer a 10-minute commute with the following pick-up frequencies (including weekends and holidays):

  • 5 a.m. – 6 a.m.  10-min. service
  • 6 a.m. – 8 a.m.  3-min. service
  • 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.  10-min. service
  • 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.  3-min. service
  • 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.  10-min. service
  • 10 p.m. – midnight  3-min. service
  • Midnight – 12:30 a.m.  10-min. service
  • 12:30 a.m. – 5 a.m.  On-demand service

To request on-demand service, please call 614-293-8669 or use the call buttons located at the main entrances of Medical Center buildings and by the elevators of all patient and visitor garages.

CABS routes and service times are available at ttm.osu.edu/cabs.

Will Med Center Express service be available on the weekends and university holidays? What about overnight service?

Yes. Med Center Express service times will remain the same on weekdays, weekends and holidays. In addition, consistent with current offerings, on-demand service will run from 12:30 a.m. to 5 a.m. To request on-demand service, please call 614-293-8669
or use the call buttons located at the main entrances of Medical Center buildings and by the elevators of all patient and visitor garages.

CABS routes and service times are available at ttm.osu.edu/cabs.

When will the Ackerman and Morehouse shuttles run?

The Martha Morehouse Shuttle will continue to provide the same 20-minute service it does today, servicing Ackerman Road, Medical Center Campus and the Martha Morehouse Complex. A new, dedicated staff shuttle (Ackerman Shuttle) will provide direct service from the Ackerman Road complex to the Medical Center district every 20 minutes. Click here for bus route maps.

What safety precautions are you taking on west campus for staff who have to park overnight?

West campus public safety enhancements will include increased lighting, cameras and blue light emergency phones as well as security patrols.

Will North Cannon Garage allow staff permit parking?

Starting August 1, the North Cannon Garage will be reserved for patient and visitor parking only.

What should I do if I have specific questions about disability parking or transportation?

Paratransit services will remain available for riders with mobility impairments. Click here for additional information or contact CampusParc and the ADA disability coordinators office for specific questions or concerns.