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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.

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 Implementing New Protections for Drivers, But Some Still Don’t Feel Safe

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Implementing New Protections for Drivers, But Some Still Don’t Feel Safe

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the Central Ohio Transit Authority has sought to meet two very different sets of expectations to fulfill its mission – the agency needed to quickly implement new policies to limit the risk of exposure to its drivers and passengers, while at the same time continuing to provide an […]

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For Essential Travel, COTA and CoGo Are Still Available (But Scooters Aren’t)

Brent Warren Brent Warren For Essential Travel, COTA and CoGo Are Still Available (But Scooters Aren’t)

Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here. The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) announced more service adjustments yesterday. The agency announced its first Coronavirus-related changes on March 16, cutting back service on several suburban rush hour lines. Three days later COTA’s board approved making all bus rides free, and […]

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COTA Now Free, Passengers to Board at Rear Door

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Now Free, Passengers to Board at Rear Door

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) held an emergency meeting of its Board of Trustees this morning to vote on several actions it is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The board approved the suspension of fares for all customers, effective immediately. The fares “will remain suspended during the coronavirus outbreak,” according to a […]

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COTA Cuts Service on Three Suburban Lines, More Changes Coming

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Cuts Service on Three Suburban Lines, More Changes Coming

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) announced the first of what will likely be a series of changes to its service as the agency adapts to the spread of COVID-19 in the area. Three lines will see reduced service starting today – Line 71 (Hilliard), Line 72 (Tuttle), and Line 73 (Dublin). More detailed information […]

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