Travel Safe with COTA
When severe winter weather strikes, let COTA do the driving. It’s a safe and reliable choice that helps reduce traffic congestion and safety risks.
What to Expect During Severe Weather
Traffic and weather conditions can impact COTA services. COTA buses will run, but may reroute or limit service. COTA works with local jurisdictions to identify routes to maintain bus service.
Ride COTA for Free During Level 2 and 3 Snow Emergencies
When the Franklin County Sheriff declares a Level 2 or Level 3 snow emergency, COTA provides free fares for the remainder of the day. It helps people get to their appointments or work without having to worry about driving and it helps keep vehicles off the roads so snow crews can clear streets.
What is a Level 2 or Level 3 snow emergency?
According to the Franklin County Sheriff:
When the Franklin County Sheriff declares a Level 2 or Level 3 snow emergency, COTA provides free fares for the remainder of the day.
- 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.
When severe weather strikes, be prepared and travel safely:
- Plan to leave for the bus a couple minutes earlier than usual so you have plenty of time to walk safely
- Do not stand in the street while waiting for a bus
- Use extreme caution when walking in parking lots and on sidewalks. Never run for a bus!
You can stay up-to-date on the latest severe weather conditions and COTA services or call by contacting Customer Service or call 614-228-1776.
Safety in Service
Please know that while we try our very best to operate buses on time during severe weather, some delays may occur. Your safety is COTA’s top priority. We appreciate your patience and understanding.