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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 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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Never Built Columbus: Transit

Brent Warren Brent Warren Never Built Columbus: Transit

Here’s a scene from an alternate universe – an OSU student boards a streetcar at 11th Avenue and takes it down High Street to Nationwide Boulevard, where she walks down some stairs to a boarding platform to catch a train to Cleveland for the holidays (oh, and her brother arrives from his home on the […]

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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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Group to Decide How to Spend Downtown Parking Meter Revenue

Brent Warren Brent Warren Group to Decide How to Spend Downtown Parking Meter Revenue

The city is in the process of setting up a benefit district that will allow revenue from parking meters Downtown to stay in the area and be fed back into transit and other mobility improvements. It’s a model that has already been established in the Short North, where a committee made up of neighborhood leaders […]

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January 2020 Service Change Public Information Meeting

Anne Evans Anne Evans January 2020 Service Change Public Information Meeting

Central Ohio Transit Authority will host two public information meetings regarding service changes effective Monday, January 6, 2020: Tuesday, December 10 COTA Downtown Office William G. Porter Boardroom 33 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215 6:00 p.m. COTA makes improvements to its service three times a year – January, May and September. This includes schedule […]

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City and COTA Announce Plan for Second Bus Lane Experiment

Brent Warren Brent Warren City and COTA Announce Plan for Second Bus Lane Experiment

Last summer, the City of Columbus and the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) temporarily made one lane of Third Street Downtown open only to buses, bikes and scooters. The new alignment was only in effect during rush hour and lasted for just two weeks, but it yielded data and survey results that could be used […]

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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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