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COTA Sets Date for Return to Fare Collection

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Sets Date for Return to Fare Collection

The Central Ohio Transit Authority will resume collecting fares on its buses on January 11. Bus rides have been free since March 19, when the agency’s Board of Trustees voted to suspend fare collection and to require passengers to board the bus at the side door instead of the front. Riders can buy new a […]

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Federal Funds Directed Toward Two Transit Corridor Projects

Brent Warren Brent Warren Federal Funds Directed Toward Two Transit Corridor Projects

The first two transit corridors planned under the LinkUs initiative have made it onto a list of projects that will receive federal funding within the next four years. The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) maintains the list – called the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) – and announced last week that both the Northwest corridor and […]

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COTA Update: Free Fares Continue, C-Pass Extended and More

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Update: Free Fares Continue, C-Pass Extended and More

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) continues to make adjustments to its schedule and operations, nearly eight months after the agency’s first pandemic-related service cuts. After another round of service changes in September, COTA has now restored service to 78% of its pre-COVID routes, according to a presentation given during a virtual public meeting earlier […]

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COTA: Free Fares to End This Summer, Shift to Cashless Payment Planned

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA: Free Fares to End This Summer, Shift to Cashless Payment Planned

The free fare policy that was implemented this spring by the Central Ohio Transit Authority in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will likely come to an end this summer, although exactly how the transition back to full fares will work is not yet clear. One thing that is known is that cash payment will not […]

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COTA to Resume Bus Service Downtown on Tuesday

Susan Post Susan Post COTA to Resume Bus Service Downtown on Tuesday

COTA will resume its regular fixed-route bus service in the Downtown area starting Tuesday, June 9. The state of emergency declared by the Columbus Division of Police due to ongoing protests has kept buses rerouted out of the Downtown area since Saturday, May 30. The reroutes have impacted lines 1 through 12, line 102 and […]

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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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