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April

COTA Announces More Programs to Provide Access for Thousands of Central Ohioans to Get to Vaccination Sites

04/07/2021  –  COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is announcing multiple efforts to provide transportation for thousands of people to COVID-19 vaccination sites across COTA’s service area. Funding for COTA’s vaccine transportation i…

March

COTA to Provide Transportation Assistance to Mass Vaccination Pop-Up Site at St. John Arena, March 18-21

03/16/2021  –  COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is offering transportation assistance to customers in underserved communities who are scheduled to be vaccinated at this week’s pop-up mass vaccination clinic at St. John Arena. The ma…

COTA Becomes One of the First Transit Agencies in the United States to Become GBAC STAR™ Accredited

03/10/2021  –  COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) has become one of only two transit agencies in the United States to earn the prestigious Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation, continuing COTA’s c…

COTA Partners with Columbus City Schools to Provide Supplemental Transit for Students Returning to Class

03/03/2021  –  COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) has partnered with Columbus City Schools to offer supplemental transportation for high school students as the district resumes in-classroom instruction for all students. CO…

February

Monica Jones Named COTA’s New Chief Equity Officer

02/24/2021  –  Monica Jones, former associate dean of students and chief diversity officer for Marietta College, has been named the first Chief Equity Officer in COTA’s history. Jones will oversee the conception, design, implementation, growth and evaluation of t…

COTA Suspends Fares Due to Level 2 Snow Emergency

02/16/2021  –  The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) has suspended fares systemwide for Tuesday, due to the Level 2 snow emergency that has been declared in Franklin County. COTA suspends fares on all transit vehicles on all routes in the event the Franklin…

COTA CEO and CIO Earn Prestigious Committee Assignments For National Mobility Innovation Organization

02/04/2021  –  COLUMBUS, OH — ITS America, an esteemed national organization advancing smart mobility, has named Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) President/CEO Joanna M. Pinkerton and Chief Innovation Officer…

January

COTA & TWU Local 208 Reach Contract Agreement to Support Employees, Mobility Mission in Central Ohio

01/06/2021  –  Today, the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) Board of Trustees approved a collective bargaining agreement with Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 208 that will enhance quality of life for employees and mobility options for the community. The agr…

December 2020

COTA Announces Holiday Customer Service Hours for Christmas & New Year’s Day

12/22/2020  –  COLUMBUS, Ohio – In observance of Christmas and New Year’s Day, the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) Customer Care Call Center will be closed Friday, Dec. 25 and Friday, Jan. 1. The call center will reopen the following day…

Responsible 2021 Budget Continues Flexible Service, Enhances Innovations, Prepares for Future Growth

12/16/2020  –  COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) Board of Trustees today adopted the 2021 budget, which protects the organization’s long-term financial sustainability while meeting the community’s rapidly changing mobility needs. The…