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.

Read About COTA's May 1 Transit System Redesign


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(link is external) for all employees.  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. After enrolling in payroll deduction, the program requires participating employees to obtain a new BuckID and swipe it during their first trip in order to activate it.

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

All employees wishing to participate must use the Employee Self Service(link is external) via Ohio State to elect to have a pre-tax deduction taken from their pay each month for access to Local COTA routes. View OSU's directions on starting and stopping COTA deduction for more information.

Major COTA System Enhancements Launch May 1 – Plan Your New Trip

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is launching a redesigned bus network on May 1. Service in the Ohio State area will increase along Lane Avenue, High Street, King Avenue, and to the Wexner Medical Center, while by discontinuing service in areas well-served by CABS including Woodruff Avenue and College Road. This coordinated effort aims to reduce congestion on campus and improve connectivity between COTA and CABS. To plan your new trip, visit For additional information, visit COTA's web page.

Read more about upcoming public information sessions in April.