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.

Taking Online Classes Only But Still Need COTA Access?
Columbus campus students can opt-in to purchase a semester-long unlimited ride pass for $13.50. To opt-in, visit COTA’s Customer Experience Center located at 33 N. High St. Options are available for students who need transportation to COTA's Experience Center to purchase the pass.

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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 Update

Beginning March 1, faculty and staff may enroll in the COTA bus pass payroll deduction program through Workday. Eligible employees, including individuals who were previously enrolled in the program, must sign up for this voluntary deduction to participate. COTA bus access will begin the month following the deduction being withheld from the employees paycheck. For example, if the deduction is withdrawn from the March paycheck, COTA bus access will begin April 1.

Please view the enrollment instructions that include information on starting and stopping COTA deductions.

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.