Port Columbus Ticketing Area To Be Renovated

June 09--Summer travelers flying through Port Columbus soon will get a broader look at construction that's been happening at the airport for the past year.

The Columbus Regional Airport Authority's $80 million plan to revamp its concourses is hitting the ticketing area, which acts as the front door to the airport, CEO Elaine Roberts said on Friday.

Work on concourses A and C is finished, and contractors are turning to concourse B and the ticketing lobby.

"We're starting now to get into the serious stuff," Roberts said. "Be aware there is a lot of activity in our building."

The ticketing lobby will get a full face-lift that includes new skylights and modernized lighting. The work won't be finished until the end of 2015.

The authority has spent about $25 million so far, Roberts said.

-- -- --The alternative-transportation options of Columbus apparently are one big happy family.

Last week, Car2Go posted a deal on its Twitter account for its members to save $25 on a $75 annual membership with CoGo Bike Share.

When a follower responded that Car2Go should throw in a COTA bus pass so he then could sell his car, the Central Ohio Transit Authority got in on the act, too, offering him a free one-day pass.

The transit authority's Twitter account suggested that the three organizations could work together toward COTA's dream of "a carless Cbus."

No cars on I-71 at rush hour? Works for us.

-- -- --Some former Uber users have noticed phantom charges popping up on their credit cards, but the app-based car-service company says those are just temporary holds to make sure the card is still active.

A user on the Internet message board Reddit wrote last week that Uber charged a credit card $1.78 on June 1, but no ride was taken that day.

Those charges will pop up "from time to time" as the company verifies whether the card still works, said James Ondrey, Uber's general manager in Ohio. Once the company's payment system verifies that the card is active, the charge is voided.

"This is part of Uber's ongoing efforts to maintain accurate payment information and prevent fraudulent account activity," Ondrey wrote in an email.

-- -- --Question: Who wants to think about snow in June?

Answer: the people in charge of removing it.

The Snow & Ice Management Association, a national trade group, is having its annual snow-and-ice-removal symposium in Columbus from June 18 to 21.

The trade show will include a workshop on making brine.

No word on attendees learning how to keep the snow from falling this winter.

rrouan@dispatch.com

@RickRouan

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