Moving Forward

Moving Forward is COTA President & CEO Joanna M. Pinkerton’s monthly message to the community. Her thoughts range from the future of mobility to COTA’s achievements in providing transit solutions for Central Ohio. Profiles of people working to improve transit are included along with links to news items and other related points of interest.

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09/27/2019  –  Dear Friends and Neighbors, One Columbus recently announced our new regional economic development vision: to be the most prosperous region in the United States. This is a bold vision signaling a unique, collaborative approach among civic and business leaders who believe economic growth should lead to prosperity […]

09/03/2019  –  Dear Friends and Neighbors, There is undeniable excitement around COTA and the future of mobility in the region. In the last month alone, our region successfully held its first shared use mobility “pop-up” lane, played host to Virgin Hyperloop 1, and launched the first COTA Plus microtransit service in […]


07/29/2019  –  Dear Friends and Neighbors,  This morning the COTA Board of Trustees took a bold and important step to address the future mobility landscape of our region when they adopted COTA’s 2019-2024 Strategic Plan. Under the vision statement “Moving Every Life Forward,” the plan is a […]


06/26/2019  –  Dear Friends and Neighbors,  No matter the product, an organization’s reputation is only as good as it’s most recent customer experience. The experiences had by COTA riders are overwhelmingly positive – our customer satisfaction rating in 2018 was a terrific 93%; and, we are working […]


05/23/2019  –  Dear Friends and Neighbors,  Growing up, The Jetsons were a glimpse into the future of mobility among the densely populated cosmic skies. Mode of choice? Flying cars, of course. With the unveiling of the Insight2050 Corridor Concepts Study, Central Ohio got an authentic glimpse into […]


04/24/2019  –  Dear Friends and Neighbors,  Amazing partnerships create amazing opportunities. That is why COTA is proud to partner with COSI, the Center of Science and Industry, to celebrate innovation in Central Ohio. COTA will serve as the “Official Ride Partner” and is offering free transportation to and from COSI’s BIG […]

04/02/2019  –  Dear Friends and Neighbors,  COTA is driving a crucial conversation in Ohio about how we can and must re-imagine our long-term investments in the movement of goods and people as an economic development strategy. I had the opportunity to testify before the Governor’s Advisory Council on […]


02/28/2019  –  This is what it takes to be, and remain, the best partner for our community. Perpetual adjustment to changing landscapes, and a willingness to evolve and partner as the world of mobility evolves.


01/22/2019  –  Winter has finally arrived in full force – and COTA is here for you. COTA presents a safer way to travel when roads are icy or covered in snow. Study after study has demonstrated that buses are safer than cars, especially in difficult weather conditions.

December 2018

12/28/2018  –  As we look toward 2019, this act of generosity is an inspiration and a reminder that as Central Ohio thrives, we must keep our neighbors’ access to transportation top of mind or risk leaving people behind. Our collective success depends on the success of every person and family in this region.