Red, White & Boom – COTA

Red, White & Boom

Ride COTA to BOOM!

The annual celebration in Columbus is one of the largest fireworks displays in the Midwest – so of course parking in downtown Columbus is a major challenge.

Skip the fuss and ride the bus!

Leave your vehicle at any of the following Park & Rides and ride downtown and back for $2.75 one way or $5.50 round trip. Show your Park & Ride wristband, valid COTA pass or transfer ticket, valid C-pass, valid BuckID or CCAD ID and get in free to watch the fireworks from Huntington Park.

Tips for Riders

NEW THIS YEAR: Take Lyft to and from a COTA park & ride location and receive 50% off fare using promo code PARKNBOOM.

How late do buses run on the night of July 3?

Service from the select BOOM! Park & Rides to downtown runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

Return trips begin immediately following the fireworks and run until midnight.

Did you know BOOM is an all-hands-on-deck affair for COTA employees?

Our entire administrative team will be downtown after the fireworks to help you find the correct bus back to your Park & Ride, and our Customer Service representatives will be standing by at 614-228-1776.

OK, where do I catch my bus?

Use regular bus service to get downtown, or ride from any of these locations:

Return Trip Zone Info


Crosswoods Park & Ride
7460 Huntington Park Dr., Columbus, OH 43235
At Crosswoods Center NE of 270/N. High St.
Served by Line 41 Crosswoods/Polaris; Local Line 102 Polaris Pkwy/N.High
After the show, catch Line 41 on Chestnut between High & 3rd westbound. Catch Line 102 on High at Spring.


Worthington Kilbourne High School
1499 Hard Rd., Columbus, OH 43235
Between Linworth & Smoky Row
Served by Line 81 Worthington Kilbourne
After the show, catch Line 81 at N. High & E. Nationwide.

Olentangy/Bethel Park & Ride
4990 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, OH 43214
Just south of Bethel
Served by Line 82 Olentangy/Bethel
After the show, catch Line 82 at Spring Street Terminal at W. Spring & Wall.


Westerville Park & Ride
312 W. Main St., Westerville, OH 43081
East of Cleveland at Collegeview Rd.
Served by Line 43 Westerville
After the show, catch Line 43 on Chestnut between High & 3rd eastbound.

Gahanna Park & Ride
Northwest corner of Agler & Stygler (on Agler), Gahanna, OH 43230
Served by Line 46 Gahanna
After the show, catch Line 46 at E. Broad & S. 3rd.


Reynoldsburg Park & Ride
2100 Birchview Dr., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Near Birchview Dr. & Eastgreen Blvd.
Served by Line 51 Reynoldsburg; Local Line 1 Kenny / Livingston
After the show, catch Line 51 at S. High & W. State across High Street from the Statehouse. Catch Line 1 at Broad and High in front of COTA’s Administrative Office.


Grove City Park & Ride
2321 Old Stringtown Rd., Grove City, OH 43123
Southwest corner of Stringtown & Parkmead Dr.
Served by Line 61 Grove City; Local Line 3 Northwest / Harrisburg
After the show, catch Line 61 at S. High & W. State streets across High Street from the Statehouse. Catch Line 3 at Broad and High in front of COTA’s Administrative Office.

Map for return route zones

How much does it cost?

Express Fares (Park & Ride to downtown)

Adult round-trip wristband – $5.50
Adult one-way ride – $2.75
Child round-trip wristband – $2
(Children at least 48″ tall through age 12)
Seniors and Key Card holders – $2

Local Fares (Standard lines listed below)

Adult one-way – $2
Child one-way – $1
(Children at least 48″ tall through age 12)
Seniors/Key Card holders – $1

Free Fares

Children under 48″ tall ride free! Limit 3 per adult. 
Additional $1 per child on Standard and Express if more than three children

Valid Standard/Rush Hour/Discount/Mainstream passes are accepted on respective services.

Valid BuckID, CCAD ID, and C-pass are accepted.

Standard Service to BOOM!

Please refer to the reroutes for the lines below if you plan to use downtown service to arrive at the show. After the fireworks, these bus lines will pick up passengers only at the BOOM! loading zones. The 10 p.m. and midnight lineups will be on High Street at Broad Street. There will be no 11 p.m. lineup.

#1 Kenny/Livingston
#2 E. Main/N. High
#3 Northwest/Harrisburg
#4 Indianola/Lockbourne
#5 W. 5th/Refugee
#6 Cleveland/Sullivant
#7 Mt. Vernon
#8 Karl/S High/Parsons
#9 W. Mound/Brentnell
#10 E. Broad/W. Broad
#11 Bryden/Maize
#13 Arlington/1st Ave.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    #102 Polaris Pkwy/N. High                                                                                                                                                                                                            #CMAX