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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…

November 2019

COTA to Offer Free Fares for All Customers on Election Day

11/04/2019  –  The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) will offer free fares to all customers Tuesday, Nov. 5, in an unprecedented local effort to improve voters’ access to polling locations on Election Day. In September, the COTA Board of Trustees voted una…

October 2019

Major Downtown Reroutes and Stop Changes due Columbus Marathon

10/16/2019  –  Central Ohio Transit Authority customers should expect major delays and reroutes in conjunction with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon this…

COTA Launches Connector Mobile Payment Option

10/03/2019  –  COTA today announced the availability of Connector, an important enhancement in how riders can access COTA service without using cash. Customers can set up an account to electronically transfer any amount of money from their bank or credit card to a…

September 2019

COTA Board Approves Free Fares on Election Day

09/25/2019  –  The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) will offer free fares to all customers Tuesday, Nov. 5, in an unprecedented local effort to improve voters’ access to polling places on Election Day. On Sept. 25, the COTA Board of Trustees voted unanimo…