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September

COTA to Increase Hours, Frequency, On-Demand Service Starting September 21

09/17/2020  –  COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) will launch new service Monday, Sept. 21 to address the needs of a re-emerging workforce, ensure social distancing during travel and provide more equitable mobility options…

August

COTA Named Outstanding Midsize Public Transit System in North America

08/31/2020  –  COLUMBUS, Ohio — For the second time in three years, the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) has earned the Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award, recognizing the organizat…

COTA Launches COTA//Plus to Provide More Access to Jobs, Health Care & Education in Westerville

08/24/2020  –  The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) has launched a new COTA//Plus service, bringing on-demand microtransit to Westerville. COTA//Plus is an app-based rideshare that operates either as a point-to-p…

COTA COVID-19 Weekly Update

08/21/2020  –  COTA has been informed that an administration employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee wore a mask and practiced social distancing while on the job. COTA is fully supporting this individual and hoping for a successful recovery. Of the…

COTA COVID-19 Weekly Update

08/14/2020  –  COTA has been informed that a vehicle maintenance employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee wore a mask and practiced social distancing. COTA is fully supporting this individual and hoping for a successful recovery. Of the 21 COTA emplo…

COTA COVID-19 Weekly Update

08/07/2020  –  COTA has been informed that two operators have tested positive for COVID-19. One operator last reported to work on July 21 and had scheduled personal time off before getting tested on August 1. The second operator, last reported on July 28. Both empl…

COSI & COTA Announce New Partnership to Bring STEM Events to Columbus City Schools

08/06/2020  –  COSI on Wheels, COSI’s beloved educational outreach program for more than 38 years has joined with the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) to expand the program to meet the growing needs of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COSI…

July

COTA COVID-19 Weekly Update

07/31/2020  –  COTA has been informed that an operator, a Transportation Services Supervisor and a vehicle maintenance technician have tested positive for COVID-19. The operator last reported to work on July 24, the supervisor last reported on July 25 and the vehic…

COTA COVID-19 Weekly Update

07/24/2020  –  COTA has been informed that three operators have tested positive for COVID-19. One operator last reported to work on July 16, another on July 17 and the third on July 18. All three practiced social distancing while on the job and wore masks as part o…

COTA Employee Tests Positive for Coronavirus

07/22/2020  –  COLUMBUS, Ohio — COTA has been informed that a 13th employee, a transit vehicle operator, has tested positive for COVID-19. The operator last drove a transit vehicle July 17, practicing social distancing and wearing a protective fa…