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The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is the regional public transit agency serving Columbus and other Central Ohio communities. More info can be found at cota.com.

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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Downtown Bus Ridership Has Doubled Over Past Year

Walker Evans Walker Evans Downtown Bus Ridership Has Doubled Over Past Year

Thanks to a unique program that offers free bus passes to most Downtown workers, transit ridership for the Downtown area has more than doubled year-over-year since the program went into effect. The C-pass program is a collaborative effort between the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District (SID), Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and the Central Ohio […]

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COTA Service Change Public Information Meetings

Anne Evans Anne Evans

Central Ohio Transit Authority will host two public information meetings regarding service changes effective Monday, Sept. 2, 2019: Thursday, Aug. 8 Columbus Metropolitan Library – Northside Branch 1423 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201 Meeting Room 1 12:00 p.m. (Noon) Tuesday, Aug. 13 Columbus Metropolitan Library – Northside Branch 1423 N. High St., Columbus, OH […]

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COTA Service Change Public Information Meetings

Anne Evans Anne Evans COTA Service Change Public Information Meetings

Central Ohio Transit Authority will host two public information meetings regarding service changes effective Monday, Sept. 2, 2019: Thursday, Aug. 8 Columbus Metropolitan Library – Northside Branch 1423 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201 Meeting Room 1 12:00 p.m. (Noon) Tuesday, Aug. 13 Columbus Metropolitan Library – Northside Branch 1423 N. High St., Columbus, OH […]

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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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Transportation Roundup: Electric Buses, Driverless Shuttles and More

Brent Warren Brent Warren Transportation Roundup: Electric Buses, Driverless Shuttles and More

Taking a cue from our semi-regular Development Roundup feature, here are some smaller news items, proposals and updates from the transportation world that we’ve been following lately. Smart Columbus has selected French company EasyMile to operate its self-driving shuttle in Linden. The vehicles are ADA-accessible and can hold up to 15 passengers. Like the downtown […]

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The Confluence Cast: MORPC’s William Murdock

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: MORPC’s William Murdock

Is Columbus ever going to get light rail? Is that what Columbus really needs? Reporter Brent Warren sat down with Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission Executive Director William Murdock to discuss the work that MORPC does, where the region is going, the difference between developing a plan and implementing it, and how to ignite the conversation […]

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