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Press Release1/17/2022

Level 2 Snow Emergency Declared – COTA Fares Suspended

Stay safe and warm aboard COTA today

COLUMBUS, OH — The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) has suspended fares system wide due to the Level 2 snow emergency that has been declared in Franklin County. The fare suspension is for Monday, January 17. Fares will resume on Tuesday, January 18 unless a Level 2 or 3 snow emergency is extended.

COTA suspends fares on all transit vehicles on all routes in the event the Franklin County Sheriff declares a Level 2 or Level 3 snow emergency. COTA offers this community service to encourage those who must travel to take public transit instead of their personal vehicles; this will reduce traffic accidents in difficult driving conditions, create a safe transportation alternative, and assist the efforts of countywide snow removal and salting.

The no-fare policy will be in effect for the entire day once a Level 2 or Level 3 snow emergency is declared. The policy includes all transit vehicles, including fixed-route (buses), Mainstream and COTA//Plus.

The Franklin County Sheriff identifies Level 2 and Level 3 snow emergencies as the following:

  • Level 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing, drifting snow. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways.
  • Level 3: All roads are closed to non-emergency personnel. NO ONE should be out during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel.

For more information or to plan your trip, visit COTA.com or contact COTA Customer Care at (614) 228-1776.