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COTA participating in new downtown pilot pass program


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Partnership with MORPC and Capital Crossroads SID will offer COTA
access to pilot group of downtown employees
COLUMBUS, Ohio—On Wed., April 22, the Board of Trustees of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)
approved COTA’s participation in a pilot downtown employer pass program with the Mid-Ohio Regional
Planning Commission (MORPC) and Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District (SID). The program will
be presented and voted on by MORPC’s Board at its meeting on May 14. If approved, the program will allow a
pilot group of employers to offer downtown employees unlimited access to COTA services for a 20-month
“COTA is pleased to partner with MORPC and Capital Crossroads SID to offer a pilot pass program for
downtown employees,” said Curtis Stitt, COTA President/CEO. “We look forward to welcoming more people to
our service, and contributing to the success of Downtown Columbus.”
During the pilot program, select employees at Bricker & Eckler LLP; Huntington Bank’s 37 W. Broad St. office;
Nationwide; Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur LLP; and State Auto’s 175 S. 3rd St. office will be eligible to
“In a growing region like Central Ohio, we need to be focused and investing in creating a successful multimodal
transportation system to meet the needs of our employers and commuters,” said William Murdock,
MORPC Executive Director. “MORPC views this new downtown pilot pass program as a way to reduce
congestion and encourage transit riders in a unique public-private partnership. By collaborating more with our
private partners, we also think this could be a model replicated in other parts of the region and the nation.”
COTA will be reimbursed $2 for each Local and Express ride, and the fee will be capped at the current Local
31-Daypass rate of $62 per calendar month. COTA will be reimbursed $3.50 per ride for Mainstream service,
and will also collect a fee of $10 per each ID issued.

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