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May

COTA Now Using Innovative Sanitization Process to Better Protect Customers on Transit Vehicles

05/27/2020  –  The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) announced a groundbreaking enhancement to add to an already extensive COVID-19 sanitization process for its entire fleet of more 400 transit vehicles including buses, COTA Plus vehicles and COTA Mainstream pa…

COTA Plus On-Demand Transit Pilot to Serve Northeast Franklin County During COVID-19 Pandemic

05/21/2020  –  COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) will launch a COTA//Plus microtransit service Tuesday, May 26, to complement existing transit options during the COVID-19 pande…

Fourth COTA Employee Tests Positive for Coronavirus

05/13/2020  –  COLUMBUS, Ohio — COTA has been informed that a fourth employee, a transit vehicle operator, has tested positive for COVID-19. The operator last drove a transit vehicle April 29, practicing social distancing and wearing a protective…

April

COTA to Require Customers to Wear Masks

04/11/2020  –  COLUMBUS, Ohio — Beginning Wednesday, April 15, COTA will require customers to wear secure masks covering their faces on all transit vehicles. Masks can be medical, homemade, scarves or bandanas. They must be secure and must cover…

March

COTA Announces Focused Service to Meet Community Mobility Needs during Coronavirus Outbreak

03/18/2020  –  COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) will be moving to focused service beginning Tuesday, March 17, allowing COTA to be flexible to address changing community needs, while maintaining service to the vast major…

COTA Takes Initial Step to Direct Transit Service Based on Community Need

03/14/2020  –  COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) announced today it will evaluate the mobility needs of the community and direct service to meet those needs. In order to enable the organization to do this, COTA leadership…

February

COTA Ridership in 2019 Highest in 31 Years

02/19/2020  –  COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Central Ohio Transit Authority experienced another year of ridership growth in 2019, with the highest ridership since 1988. COTA’s total ridership in 2019 was 19,141,454 compared to 18,914,789 in 2018. Tha…

COTA Short and Long-Range Transit Plan Public Meetings

02/17/2020  –  COTA is updating its short and long-range transit plans. These plans will guide local, state and federal funding decisions in the coming years and decades. COTA will host two public meetings to get feedback from customers, future customers, employers…

January

Major Downtown Reroutes due to 5th Line 5K

01/24/2020  –  Central Ohio Transit Authority customers should prepare for multiple delays and reroutes due to the 5th Line 5K.  Reroutes will begin at…

COTA May Service Change Public Comment Meetings Scheduled for January 16 & 21

01/15/2020  –  The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) will host two public comment meetings this month regarding proposed COTA service adjustments that would take effect Monday, May 4, 2020: Thursday, January 16…