Capital Investments

Investing in Our Shared Future

Maintaining and constructing modern, high quality facilities allows COTA to provide better transit service throughout our community.

Capital investments include vehicles, vehicle maintenance facilities, shelters, benches, and trash bins, park & rides, transit centers, hi-tech computer and security related systems, and other significant improvements that directly improve your service.

Current Investments:

McKinley Avenue Bus and Maintenance Facility: Compressed Natural Gas Renovation

Located at 1600 McKinley Avenue, this 400,000 square foot bus storage and maintenance facility was completed in 1980. Now over 30 years old, this facility experienced numerous mechanical, electrical, and equipment failures. Consequently, COTA facility staff prioritized needed major repairs and upgrades to the building and grounds,including renovation to service compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles.

New Build: Mobility Services Facility

COTA completed a new 104,000 square foot paratransit facility at 1330 Fields Avenue in January 2011 that:

  • Houses up to 104 paratransit vehicles.
  • Serves as the headquarters for COTA Mobility Services administrative staff.

COTA submitted the Mobililty Services Facility for LEED Silver certifications. For a fact sheet on features of the Mobility Services Facility click here.

New: Mobility Assessment Center

COTA completed a new 3,000 square foot Mobility Assessment Center located in the new Mobility Services Facility in compliance with Federal Guidelines intended to:

  • Simulate environmental conditions that an individual would encounter while utilizing public transportation.
  • Provide individual assessments to determine a person’s capability to ride public transportation. Those incapable of maneuvering and navigating the challenges of the center would be eligible for the Paratransit program.

For the Mobility Assessment Center fact sheet, click here.

Addition: Assessment Center Mural

A streetscape mural of the Short North area contributes to the beauty and realism of the new Mobility Assessment Center. A panel representing the Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus Museum of Art, Central Ohio Transit Authority and VSA Ohio volunteered their time and expertise to identify artwork placed throughout the facility.

Central Ohio artist John Sunami created the Short North mural after being selected by the panel to design art specifically for the eligibility Assessment Center.

Renovation: Fields Avenue Facility

COTA completed extensive renovations to its 273,000 square foot Fields Avenue Facility.