Who We Are

About Us

The Central Ohio Transit Authority is the regional public transit provider for greater Columbus and Central Ohio. With a service area of 1.2 million residents, COTA provides nearly 19 million passenger trips annually.

In 2018, COTA received the Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award from the American Public Transportation Association.

View the 2018 Annual Report

Our Vision

COTA will be the region’s transportation leader.

Our Mission

COTA is committed to excellence in serving our stakeholders – customers, employees and taxpayers. We will deliver quality transportation services and conduct business courteously, safely, ethically and reliably. We will demonstrate leadership that is fiscally responsible and environmentally conscientious.



Mainstream trips in 2017


71.5 Million+

Miles traveled by riders on COTA buses and Mainstream vehicles in 2017 – that’s 1,300,756 trips around the I-270 loop!


Over 2 Million

Free trips provided by CBUS in the Short North, Arena and Brewery Districts


18.7 Million

Passenger trips in 2017

Our Facilities


33 North High Street, Columbus
Administrative Offices and Retail Pass Sales Center

COTA Administrative Offices, located at 33 North High Street, also house a Pass Sales center, an operator relief station and an employee day room for operators to relax in between shifts


1600 McKinley Avenue
Bus Storage, Maintenance, and Customer Service Call Center

This 400,000 square foot bus storage and maintenance facility, located at 1600 McKinley Avenue, was completed in 1980. It has indoor storage capacity for 240 large 40-foot buses, where both heavy and light maintenance are performed and where buses are cleaned with two automated bus washers.


1333 Fields Avenue
Bus Storage and Maintenance Facility

The newly renovated 275,000 square foot Fields Avenue Facility, located at 1333 Fields Avenue, stores 180 coaches, has 12 vehicle maintenance bays and two bus washers. All operator training classrooms and facilities are located at our Fields Garage.


1330 Fields Avenue
Mobility Services

This 104,000 square-foot paratransit facility, located at 1330 Fields Avenue, houses operations, maintenance and administrative functions for Mainstream, COTAs demand-responsive service for persons with disabilities. The building features include storage for 110 paratransit vehicles (currently 64), six maintenance bays, bus wash and two fueling islands, as well as a state-of-the-art eligibility assessment center.