COTA Offers Free Fares When Level 2 or Level 3 Snow Emergency Declared

COLUMBUS, OH—In case of severe winter weather—leave the driving to the pros and take the bus! The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) provides free fares on all buses on all routes in the event the Franklin County Sheriff declares a Level 2 or Level 3 snow emergency.

COTA offers this vital community service in order to enhance public safety in central Ohio during snow emergencies and assist the efforts of countywide snow removal and salting.

“Riding COTA during periods of severe weather provides commuters with a safer alternative to driving,” said Emille Williams, Interim COTA President/CEO. “Offering free fares and encouraging people to take the bus reduces traffic congestion and allows road crews to clear major thoroughfares.”

The free fare policy will be in effect for the entire day once a Level 2 or Level 3 snow emergency is declared.

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.

Learn more about traveling with COTA during severe weather. For more information contact COTA at (614) 228-1776.