Transit Plans

Plans for the future of transit in central Ohio

Short-Range Transit Plan

Updated every two years, COTA's 2017-2021 Short-Range Transit Plan (SRTP) includes improvements to transit service, capital investments and COTA's portion of the regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The SRTP also provides a plan for current and future use of local, state and federal funds. COTA's SRTP is part of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) TIP process. For more information on the TIP, visit www.morpc.org/tip.

Final SRTP 2017-2021 Plan

Adoption of the 2017-2021 SRTP was approved by COTA's Board of Trustees in April 2017

Highlights of the plan include:

  • Increase in service hours through 2017
  • Service improvements based on the Transit System Review (TSR)
  • Completion of the CMAX Cleveland Avenue Bus Rapid Transit
    • Includes construction of a new Northern Lights Park & Ride and a new transit center at Cleveland Ave. & SR-161
  • Technology improvements such as real-time information and a fare media study
  • Upgrades of the bus and Paratransit facilities to support Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles
  • Conversion of the fixed-route bus and Paratransit fleets to CNG

Public input is incorporated into the development of future transit service plans, bus purchases, facility upgrades and maintenance, customer service improvements and other initiatives. COTA held public meetings and collected comments prior to completion of the final document.

Click here to view the 2017-2021 Short-Range Transit Plan.

Long-Range Transit Plan

The Long-Range Transit Plan looks at changing transportation needs in central Ohio and sets a strategy to provide superior transportation services for every resident, employee and visitor to 2035 and beyond. The plan is created in coordination with and incorporated into the regional Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), created by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

To download the 2016-2040 Long-Range Transit Plan, click here.

Please check back for future Long-Range Transit Plan meetings.