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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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COTA Ridership in 2019 Highest in 31 Years

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Ridership in 2019 Highest in 31 Years

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) posted another year of steady ridership gains, with more total rides on the system in 2019 than during any year since 1988. The positive trend line started after 2017, the year that COTA redesigned its bus network. In 2018, COTA rolled out two major initiatives – the CMAX line […]

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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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Pay-by-Phone Now Available on COTA Buses

Brent Warren Brent Warren Pay-by-Phone Now Available on COTA Buses

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) announced the roll-out of a long-awaited feature at its annual luncheon today. Bus riders can now pay for a ride on a COTA bus using a cell phone, something that the agency has been promising for several years. “We believe this first iteration of digital payment will draw new […]

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Transportation Roundup: COTA Says Mobile Payment Will be Ready by Fall

Brent Warren Brent Warren Transportation Roundup: COTA Says Mobile Payment Will be Ready by Fall

A long-delayed upgrade that will make it easier and more convenient to ride a bus in Columbus will roll out soon, according to the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA). COTA started installing new fareboxes on its buses in the fall of 2017. One of the selling points of the new technology was that it would […]

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Local Company Gets the Nod to Develop Trip Planning App

Brent Warren Brent Warren Local Company Gets the Nod to Develop Trip Planning App

Smart Columbus has selected the locally-based company MTECH Solutions to develop the trip planning and common payment system app that has been touted as a key element of the project. The app would allow users to plan trips across multiple platforms and systems, comparing (and combining) the many different mobility options now available in Columbus, […]

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