Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)

Columbus, OH 43215


About Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)


33 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
United States

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COTA operates throughout Franklin County, and parts of Delaware, Fairfield, Licking and Union Counties.

Products and Press Releases


APTA reveals winners of 2024 International Bus Roadeo

Taking place during the 2024 Mobility Conference in Portland, Ore., this was the first time the event has taken place since the COVID-19 pandemic.

COTA unveils remodeled McKinley Avenue transit facility

March 22, 2024
The $63 million project introduces expanded vehicle charging capabilities, improved maintenance and vehicle testing facilities, a new technologically advanced command center for...

COTA receives $2.7 million in funding from ODOT for mobility improvements and expansion of EV charging

Feb. 22, 2024
The awards will fund both a regional transit study focused on transporting workers to and from the city of Dublin, Ohio, and the new Intel development in Licking County, as well...

COTA President and CEO Joanna M. Pinkerton to resign from agency May 6

Feb. 13, 2024
During her six-year tenure at COTA, Pinkerton helped lead the establishment of the LinkUS mobility initiative, kept service running during the COVID-19 pandemic and helped the...

Nikki Brandon appointed COTA chief human resources officer

Feb. 6, 2024
Brandon will lead the development, management and oversight of all personnel programs.

COTA Board of Trustees approves three-year CBA between COTA and TWU Local 208

Feb. 1, 2024
The agreement provides for wage increases in each year of the contract, enhanced insurance benefits for employees and their dependents, improved work-life balance and increased...

COTA, TWU Local 208 reach tentative labor agreement

Jan. 22, 2024
If the proposed contract is ratified by TWU members, the agreement will be presented to the COTA Board of Trustees for consideration and vote.

COTA celebrating 50 years of service throughout 2024

Jan. 12, 2024
Since its launch in 1974, the authority has grown from a small bus company to a multi-modal transit agency that serves 27 municipalities and 17 townships.
Mobile Applications

COTA partners with Magnusmode to provide better accessibility to all riders

Dec. 6, 2023
COTA's new MagnusCard app uses audio and visual tutorials to help neurodiverse and neurotypical riders plan trips, pay fares, board buses and learn the COTA system from the inside...
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COTA, Columbus Regional Airport Authority, breaks ground on $24.3 million COTA mobility center

Oct. 5, 2023
The mobility center is aimed at boosting economic development, education, child and family support, food and nutrition access and connecting central Ohio residents to job opportunities...

Articles & News


Monica Tellez-Fowler named president and CEO of COTA

March 14, 2024
Tellez-Fowler currently serves as deputy CEO of the transit agency and will assume her new role on May 6.
As of Sept. 1, 2022, Metrolink passengers with a California EBT card are eligible for a 50 percent discount on all Metrolink tickets and passes.

Transit Equity Dispatches: COTA; Metrolink; Ecolane

Sept. 2, 2022
Updates regarding a partnership to provide overdose rescue kits, a discount program for low-income train riders and an app achieving compliance to deliver a more accessible rider...
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Hybrid, Hydrogen & Electric Vehicles

COTA orders eight additional electric buses from New Flyer

The eight additional buses will bring COTA’s electric bus fleet up to 10 as it eyes being diesel-free by 2025.
COTA will put its first two electric buses into service on Oct. 11 following extensive testing at the Transportation Research Center and the Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research.
Hybrid, Hydrogen & Electric Vehicles

COTA to place first two electric buses into service on Oct. 11

The first two electric buses are part of a 10-bus pilot program with the additional eight electric buses to be delivered in 2022.

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Hybrid, Hydrogen & Electric Vehicles

New Flyer receives an order for 26 Xcelsior CHARGE NG™ buses from COTA

As part of the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services contract, another 26 Xcelsior CHARGE NG zero-emissions buses were added to New Flyer's backlogs.
Mobile Applications

COTA partnering with Uber to expand its options to include real-time transit information

May 3, 2023
The partnership is through integration with Masabi within the Uber app and provides customers with access to a broad range of affordable and reliable public transportation options...

COTA names Monica Tellez-Fowler as new COO

March 23, 2023
Tellez-Fowler previously served as the deputy CEO/treasurer of C-TRAN and CFO of Trinity Metro.

COTA installing new air filtration system on all transit vehicles

Jan. 25, 2023
The Lumin-Air Transit MERV-13 equivalent filtration and UVC lighting system continuously cleans the air inside the transit vehicles, removing harmful particulates and infectious...
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Hybrid, Hydrogen & Electric Vehicles

COTA orders 14 electric buses from New Flyer

Jan. 18, 2023
This order follows COTA’s previous purchase of eight battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG transit buses in May 2022.

COTA Board makes income assistance program permanent; approves update to Capital Improvement program

Aug. 16, 2022
The board of trustees for the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) unanimously approved making the COTA Income Assistance Program a permanent benefit for qualifying customers...

COTA named to Parity.Org’s best companies for women to advance list for third year in a row

Aug. 2, 2022
Parity.org is an impact organization working to eliminate the racial and gender gap in corporate leadership.
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COTA names first chief engineering and mechanical officer; announces new chief marketing and experience officer

June 28, 2022
The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) announced two experienced individuals have joined the team in leadership positions. Andy Biesterveld, P.E., has been promoted to chief...

COTA partners with REV1 Ventures to support emerging technologies and startups through COTA GO! Mobility Lab Activation

May 10, 2022
The GO! Mobility Lab will rapidly test transit innovations, improve safety and the customer experience.