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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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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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