COTA bus in downtown Columbus

The new downtown C-Pass program provides eligible employees working in the heart of the city unlimited access to COTA's entire bus system for free.

Esther Honig

The Central Ohio Transit Authority has a new leader: Joanna Pinkerton.

Traffic was crawling and most classes were canceled around Central Ohio on Wednesday morning after heavy overnight snowfall that stretched into the morning commute.

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

Mary Cockrell, 63, entered the plea Thursday to a felony count of theft in office. She paid $6,200 in restitution and was sentenced to time served.

Esther Honig

During the Tuesday morning commute,  the temperature hovered around -3 degrees outside Linden Transit Center on Cleveland Avenue. The holidays are over, and for many that means it's back to work. 

For some commuters, a new bus line launched on January 1 has made getting there a little easier.

Adora Namigadde

Central Ohio may be investing heavily in driverless trucks, buses and cars, but the Columbus bus drivers’ union says autonomous buses shouldn't run without staff onboard.


Cash-conscious commuters got some welcome news on Wednesday: The Central Ohio Transit Authority will not increase fares in 2018.

Debbie Holmes

For the last 18 years, Curtis Stitt has helped lead the Central Ohio Transit Authority in adapting to new technologies and a changing city. But Friday marks his retirement from the organization.


Passengers on more than 300 COTA buses have access to free Wi-Fi, effective immediately.

COTA bus on Ohio State's campus.
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After more than four years of work, COTA finally launched its redesigned bus system on Monday with new, simplified routes, different bus numbers, and a reduction of lines. Among morning commuters, it'll take some getting used to.