Transit Plans

Short and Long Range Transit Plan Update

COTA is in the process of updating our Short (5-year) and Long-Range (30-year) transit plans as a united strategy for the future of mobility in Central Ohio. These plans will guide local, state and federal funding decisions over the coming years and decades.

Nationally and locally, public transit is undergoing significant change and innovation. COTA is transforming to meet growing mobility demands, as central Ohio continues to experience rapid population and job growth. These Short- and Long-Range transit plans continue COTA’s rethinking of regulatory and organizational status quos while pursuing advances in technology and expanding mobility opportunities.

Public Meetings 

Meeting Presentation

COTA is seeking input from our customers, potential customers, employers and other community stakeholders.

Public meetings will be held on the following dates:

Tuesday March 3, 2020

COTA William G. Porter Boardroom

33 N High Street, Columbus, 43215

12 (noon)


Tuesday March 10, 2020

COTA William G. Porter Boardroom

33 N High Street, Columbus, 43215



Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

111 Liberty Street, Suite 100, Columbus, Ohio 43215



This open house will include the entire region’s Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP). See below for more information about the TIP.


Ad Hoc Advisory Group Meetings

The Ad Hoc Advisory Group includes subject experts and key stakeholders from the Central Ohio region. The Group will meet two times to provide guidance on the Short & Long Range Transit Plan Update.

Ad Hoc Advisory Group Meeting #1

Friday January 24, 2019

Meeting Presentation

Ad Hoc Advisory Group Meeting #2

Wednesday February 19, 2020

Meeting Presentation

Draft Executive Summary

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The Short-Range section (SRTP) will outline planned improvements to bus service and investments in buses, stops and facilities through 2024. The Long-Range portion (LRTP) prepares COTA to meet transit demand as our region grows through 2050. These plans lay the foundation for federal and state investment in transformative transportation projects. COTA will frame these plans around the guiding principles of our 2019-2024 Strategic Plan centered on “Moving Every Life Forward”.

COTA Strategic Plan Guiding Principles

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

Guiding Documents

COTA 2019-2024 Strategic Plan (2019)

insight2050 Corridor Concepts (2019)

COTA NextGen (2017)

2017-2021 Short-Range Transit Plan (2017)

2016-2040 Long-Range Transit Plan (2016)

Short-Range Transit Plan (SRTP)

Updated every two years, COTA’s 2017-2021 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

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 2040 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 (MORPC).

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