Get Around Columbus with COTA

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) provides public transportation within Central Ohio and the Greater Columbus area. With a service area of 1.2 million residents, COTA provides more than 19 million passenger trips annually.

Several COTA routes provide service between Ohio State's campus and locations throughout Columbus. Ohio State's Campus Area Bus Service (CABS) and COTA share multiple bus stops on campus, allowing for easy transfers between the two systems.



Thanks to the OSU/COTA partnership, undergraduate, graduate and professional students have unlimited access to COTA’s entire bus system just by swiping their BuckID when boarding. You must be enrolled in the current semester on main campus and have the COTA fee on your statement of account to use your BuckID on COTA. 

Visit COTA(link is external) for information about routes and schedules.

Faculty and Staff

The Ohio State University offers a COTA Bus Pass Payroll Deduction Program for all faculty and staff members who are eligible for pre-tax payroll deduction.  Under the program, employees may elect to have unlimited monthly COTA bus access through a pre-tax payroll deduction taken from their pay each month. Once enrolled and the first payment/deduction is complete, the program works by having participating employees use their BuckID for access by swiping it upon entrance to the COTA bus.

Faculty and staff receive a $4 discount through payroll deduction which will also be assessed pre-tax.

Program Paused

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) resumed collecting fares on its buses on January 11. Because of the Workday transition, the COTA Bus Pass Payroll Deduction Program has been paused through spring, so faculty and staff will need to purchase their monthly COTA passes at one of the in-person locations.

Updates about resuming the COTA payroll deduction program will be shared as information becomes available.

For questions regarding the COTA pass payroll deduction program, please contact Transportation and Traffic Management at For questions related to COTA service, please visit COTA’s website.