Central Ohio Transit Authority

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

A former Columbus City Schools employee has pleaded guilty to stealing bus passes meant for low-income students. 

According to estimates, the Columbus population will grow by a million people by the year 2050. 

Whitehall Police

The State Auditor's office says a Whitehall man accused of selling stolen bus passes intended for the Columbus City School's neediest students has been charged with telecommunications fraud.

WCBE files

Former Central Ohio Transit Authority president and longtime American Electric Power executive William Lhota has died.

The Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District recently approved plans to offer free bus passes to 43 thousand downtown workers to help alleviate parking woes starting next June.

The Central Ohio Transit Authority's board of trustees this week approved a plan for public transportation that will last through the year 2050.

The Central Ohio Transit Authority has named agency vice president Emille Wiiliams as interim president and CEO.

WCBE files

The Columbus School Board Tuesday approved new or amended contracts with the Central Ohio Transit Authority and private companies to handle a growing number of transportation requests by homeless families for students traveling between the city and suburban districts.

Central Ohio Transit Authority President and CEO Curtis Stitt told the agency's board of trustees this morning he will retire on September 30th. 

Mike Foley

The Central Ohio Transit Authority launches a redesigned bus network next month.

The Central Ohio Transit Authority began a week-long series of public forums last night on changes to several routes, which are scheduled to begin on May 1st.

Democrats won five of the six contested Franklin County seats on the ballot Tuesday - two county commission seats, the treasurer, the clerk of courts, and the recorder.

Central Ohio Transit Authority

The Central Ohio Transit Authority’s board of trustees this week approved a 3 million dollar contract with a construction firm to build a new transit center on Cleveland Avenue south of State Route 161.

The Columbus Board of Education last night voted to sell the vacant Southeast Career Center building to a nearby construction firm for just over 1 million dollars.


Central Ohio Transit Authority officials and community leaders  ceremonially broke ground on the agency's first bus rapid transit line yesterday.

Central Ohio Transit Authority

Orange barrels will be rolling out in Columbus next month for COTA's Cmax project.

The Central Ohio Transit Authority recently fired a bus driver who kicked a gay passenger off her bus in June.

A male passenger on a COTA bus who was wearing eye liner says he was told by the driver to exit the motorcoach because of his behavior and appearance.

Plans for a bus-rapid transit line along Cleveland Avenue are closer to reality.

Mike Foley

The Central Ohio Transit Authority this week opened a new bus line that provides direct service to Port Columbus from the downtown area. 

The Central Ohio Transit Authority says it's real-time bus tracking service will be available to the public next Friday, May 6.

The Central Ohio Transit Authority is heading to the ballot this November to renew a 10-year old, quarter percent sales and use tax that has helped the agency double its service since 2006.

Columbus City Council tonight is scheduled to consider a ban on unnecessary travel by city employees to North Carolina in protest of that state's recently enacted law mandating which public restrooms transgender people are allowed to use.

The City of Columbus has formally approved several agreements with the Central Ohio Transit Authority to create what is called the Cleveland Avenue Bus Rapid Transit project.

Plans are in the works for a new bus route between Port Columbus and downtown.

Associated Press

Columbus police have identified the woman killed Tuesday following a two-vehicle crash that sent a car flying into a bus shelter where she was sitting.

COTA To Expand Program

Aug 7, 2015

The Central Ohio Transit Authority is expanding a program in which busses are allowed to drive on the inside shoulder of major highways.

The Central Ohio Transit Authority plans to ask voters in November of next year to renew the temporary quarter percent sales tax levy they approved in 2006.

The Central Ohio Transit Authority says people who ride the popular CBUS  downtown circulator will continue to ride for free. 

The use of public transportation is up in Ohio and around the country.