COTA Suspends Fares Due to Level 2 Snow Emergency
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 County Sheriff declares a Level 2 or Level 3 snow emergency. COTA offers this community service to encourage those who must travel to take public transit instead of their personal vehicles; this will help reduce traffic accidents in difficult driving conditions and assist the efforts of countywide snow removal and salting.
The no-fare policy will be in effect for the remainder of the service day once a Level 2 or Level 3 snow emergency is declared. The policy includes all transit vehicles, including fixed-route (buses), Mainstream, COTA//Plus and any other COTA vehicle.
The Franklin County Sheriff identifies Level 2 and Level 3 snow emergencies as the following:
- Level 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing, drifting snow. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways.
- Level 3: All roads are closed to non-emergency personnel. NO ONE should be out during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel.
Learn more about traveling with COTA during severe weather. For more information contact COTA at (614) 228-1776.