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The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is the regional public transit agency serving Columbus and other Central Ohio communities. More info can be found at cota.com.

COTA Considering Fare Hike for 2018

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Considering Fare Hike for 2018

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is considering raising the price of a bus ride in Columbus for the first time since 2012. A plan being presented by COTA in a series of public meetings this week calls for raising the standard fare from $2 to either $2.50 or $2.75. Those options will also be […]

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Interview: Curtis Stitt on his Tenure at COTA and the State of Public Transit in Columbus

Brent Warren Brent Warren Interview: Curtis Stitt on his Tenure at COTA and the State of Public Transit in Columbus

Curtis Stitt’s last day at the helm of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) was September 29. His five years as president and CEO capped nearly 19 in all at the agency. Columbus Underground sat down with Stitt for a wide-ranging interview just before he left, touching on everything from Smart Columbus, to the recent […]

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WiFi Available on All COTA Buses, Mobile Payment Coming Soon

Brent Warren Brent Warren WiFi Available on All COTA Buses, Mobile Payment Coming Soon

After testing the service earlier this year on the CBUS Downtown circulator and the AirConnect route to the airport, the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) has now rolled out free WiFi on all routes. Decals on the inside and outside of the bus indicate that the service is available. To connect to the network, called […]

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What to Expect from Smart Columbus in Year Two

Brent Warren Brent Warren What to Expect from Smart Columbus in Year Two

It’s been a little over a year since Columbus beat out six other finalists to win the US Department of Transportation’s Smart City challenge. The win came with a $40 million grant from the US DOT as well as a $10 million grant from Vulcan, Inc. Local corporate and institutional partners have chipped in significant […]

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Free Bus Passes for Downtown Workers Coming in 2018

Brent Warren Brent Warren Free Bus Passes for Downtown Workers Coming in 2018

The board of the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District gave its stamp of approval yesterday to a plan to provide free bus passes for as many as 40,000 Downtown workers. The program has been in the planning stages for over two years, including a small pilot program that ran from June of 2015 to December […]

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COTA Approves Transit Plan, Starts Search for New Leader

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Approves Transit Plan, Starts Search for New Leader

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) Board of Trustees accepted the final NextGen report at its meeting yesterday, approving a broad vision for the future of the region’s public transportation that includes recommendations for a series of “high capacity transit corridors.” Exactly how that plan is implemented — and how strongly COTA pushes for options […]

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The Confluence Cast: COTA’s Transit System Redesign

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: COTA’s Transit System Redesign

For the first time in their over 40-year history, the Central Ohio Transit Authority is changing up their routes. I spoke with representatives from COTA about how the new system was designed and what the philosophy was behind it. We also learned more about COTA as a whole, some of their new initiatives that they are rolling out, and […]

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