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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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COTA to Implement New Fare System This Fall

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA to Implement New Fare System This Fall

The Central Ohio Transit Authority plans to implement a new fare management system this fall that it says will help save low-income riders money. The new system will allow for fare capping, meaning that it will track how many rides are taken by an individual in a month, for example, and stop charging for new rides […]

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COTA Brings Express Lines Back, but Riders Still Waiting for Late Night Service

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Brings Express Lines Back, but Riders Still Waiting for Late Night Service

Last week, several express lines starting running again for the first time since the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) was forced to start cutting back service in mid-March of last year. The return of COTA’s limited-service, rush-hour-focused lines is a sign that some level of demand is returning for buses that take commuters from the […]

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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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The Columbus Coffee Festival Returns!

The 6th Annual Columbus Coffee Festival returns on Saturday September 25th and Sunday September 26th!

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