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COTA Not Bringing Back CBUS – or Late Night Service – Any Time Soon

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Not Bringing Back CBUS – or Late Night Service – Any Time Soon

Last spring, several express lines starting running again for the first time since the Central Ohio Transit Authority was forced to start cutting back bus service at the beginning of the pandemic. At the time, COTA officials expressed hope that the restoration of late night service would be the next improvement to be implemented, and suggested […]

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FlixBus Returns to Columbus, Offering Service to Four Cities

Brent Warren Brent Warren FlixBus Returns to Columbus, Offering Service to Four Cities

Starting today, July 1, bus riders looking for an alternative to Greyhound will have a new option for travel to Dayton, Indianapolis, Chicago and Milwaukee. FlixBus, a German-based company that began operating inter-city bus routes in the U.S. in 2018, is returning to Columbus after operating here for several months in late 2019 and early […]

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COTA Responds to Complaints About Reroutes, Transporting Officers

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Responds to Complaints About Reroutes, Transporting Officers

Bus riders looking for service to or from Downtown have been out of luck since Saturday, May 30, and it’s not clear when service will resume. Jeff Pullin, Public Information Officer for the Central Ohio Transit Authority, said that the rerouting of buses around Downtown will continue at least through tomorrow, when more protests are […]

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Updated: COTA Restores Some Previously Cut Service

Brent Warren Brent Warren Updated: COTA Restores Some Previously Cut Service

UPDATE (5/4/2020): One week after announcing the suspension of early morning and late night service (see article below), COTA announced on May 2 that it will be restoring early morning service to six high-frequency lines. Starting on May 5, Lines 1, 2, 8, 10, 22 and the CMAX will start running at 5 a.m. Late […]

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COTA to Require Passengers to Wear Masks

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA to Require Passengers to Wear Masks

Starting on Wednesday, April 15, the Central Ohio Transit Authority will be requiring all riders to wear face masks. Scarves, bandanas, and homemade masks are all considered appropriate for use, as long as they securely cover the mouth and nose. “We are determined to take every step we can in order to protect the health […]

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Agency Shuts Down Self-Driving Shuttles After Linden Incident

Brent Warren Brent Warren Agency Shuts Down Self-Driving Shuttles After Linden Incident

Editor’s Note (2/27/20, 9:43 a.m.): this article was updated to include more information from Smart Columbus. A February 20 incident in which a self-driving shuttle in Linden stopped suddenly has led to the vehicles being taken off the road, not only in Columbus but in 15 other cities around the country. Two shuttles began running […]

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UPDATED: COTA to Increase Frequency on 3 Lines, NightOwl to Stay

Brent Warren Brent Warren UPDATED: COTA to Increase Frequency on 3 Lines, NightOwl to Stay

UPDATE (2/6/20, 9:31 a.m.): The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) has decided to continue service on its NightOwl line on North High Street. See below for a statement explaining the decision from Jeff Pullin, COTA’s Public Information Officer: COTA really looked at the feedback from our customers and our team made the decision based on […]

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