COVID-19 Transportation Response

COVID-19 Transportation Response

The Ohio State University is committed to providing transportation offerings to enhance health and safety amidst COVID-19. Transportation at Ohio State is multimodal by design and includes personal vehicles, bicycles and public options like buses, shuttles, scooters and ridesharing. This guidance aligns with recommendations from the Safe Campus and Scientific Advisory Subgroup and the Ohio State Transition Task Force. Recommendations and service offerings are fluid and will continue to be updated to accommodate decisions regarding overall health, wellness and services on campus.

SAFE AND HEALTHY BUCKEYES

 

Bus | Rideshare | Bikes and Scooters | Parking

CABS

The Campus Area Bus Service (CABS) routes for the 2020-2021 academic year have changed significantly as CABS responds to COVID-19 health and safety guidance.

While capacity remains limited to promote physical distancing, the Campus Loop South will resume modified service on Sept. 21. In addition, the West Campus route will expand its daytime hours. These additions provide more convenient transportation options. Due to low ridership in the morning, CABS is reducing frequencies from 5 a.m. - 7 a.m. for the Buckeye Lot Loop.

All passengers should wear masks and are asked to enter from the front and exit from the rear door. Please plan ahead and expect longer wait times. Paratransit Services will also remain available. The following bus routes will not be offered:

  • Buckeye Village
  • Campus Loop North
  • North Express

We encourage students, faculty and staff to review CABS service routes and times.

In addition, CABS is helping protect the safety of passengers through operational changes, including:

In addition to wearing a mask, all riders should:

  • Enter via the front door and exit from the rear door.
  • Allow other riders off before boarding.
  • Adhere to physical distancing while waiting to board and by filling only open seats (no standing on the bus).
  • Practice proper hygiene — wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before and after riding the bus or use 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Safety remains our top priority and the university continues to closely monitor the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). Please review CABS service maps and continue to check our website for service updates. Riders can track CABS buses in real-time via the Ohio State app. Individuals that are mobility impaired can continue to utilize Ohio State Paratransit Services.

For campus community members utilizing COTA, details on its health and safety protocols are online. Learn more.


COTA

To help protect others, COTA is requiring customers to wear masks as they ride public transit and limiting riders to promote physical distancing. For more on COTA COVID-19 response, visit cota.com.

Most current schedules can be found at https://www.cota.com/major-service-change-announcements/.

 

Paratransit

Paratransit is enhancing the safety of passengers through operational changes, including:

  • Cleaning and disinfecting all shuttles and high-touch surfaces at least twice per day, including handrails and poles.
  • Limiting occupancy to promote physical distancing.
  • Checking driver health before they start their shift.
  • Ensuring all paratransit drivers wear face masks.
  • Requiring all riders wear face masks.
  • In addition, Transportation and Traffic Management (TTM) recommends that all riders:
    • Allow other riders off before boarding.
    • Adhere to physical distancing while waiting to board and by spacing out when seated on the shuttle.
    • Practice proper hygiene — wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before and after riding the bus or use 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.


Charter Bus Services

Ohio State charter bus services are enhancing the safety of passengers through operational changes, including:

  • Cleaning and disinfecting all buses and high-touch surfaces before and after each travel use, including handrails and poles.
  • Limiting occupancy to promote physical distancing.
  • Checking driver health before they start their shift.
  • Ensuring all charter drivers wear face masks.
  • Requiring all riders wear face masks.
  • In addition, Transportation and Traffic Management (TTM) recommends that all riders:
    • Adhere to physical distancing while waiting to board and by spacing out when seated on the shuttle.
    • Practice proper hygiene — wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before and after riding the bus or use 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.


Lyft Ride Smart at Ohio State

The Lyft Ride Smart at Ohio State program offers discounted, late-night rides to Ohio State students traveling on, or near, the Columbus campus between the hours of 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. To protect the health and safety of passengers, “shared” rides have been temporarily suspended to eliminate the possibility of users riding with another passenger they do not know. Users must now select "Lyft" as their shared ride option in personal mode to qualify for the university discount. Lyft has initiated additional health and safety measures through a Personal Health Certification program. Learn more.

Always practice proper hygiene. Wear a face mask and wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before and after riding or use 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.


Shared Scooters and Bikes

All shared scooter or bike users need to follow the rules of the road. In general, Ohio State recommends that riders enhance health safety by:

  • Disinfecting handlebars before and after use.
  • Continuing to wear a helmet and to disinfect the helmet before and after use.
  • Not touching your face, mouth or eyes while operating the shared device.
  • Practicing proper hygiene — wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before and after riding or use 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Ohio State has agreements with three third-party scooter-sharing companies that have initiated COVID-19 procedures. For additional health and safety details, please visit their websites: Bird, Lime, Lyft, Spin.


Bike Racks

For students, faculty, staff or visitors that ride a shared or personal bicycle on campus, continue to follow appropriate physical distancing guidelines. When docking a bike at the bike rack, please protect yourself and others:

  • Maintain at least six feet of physical distance between other riders.
  • Wait for one rider to clear the area before placing or removing a bicycle.
  • Disinfect your bicycle before and after riding.
  • Disinfect your helmet before and after riding.
  • Refrain from touching your face, mouth or eyes while riding.
  • Practice proper hygiene — wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before and after riding or use 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.


Parking

CampusParc manages the university parking system and has initiated COVID-19 protocols, including but not limited to increased cleaning of elevators, handrails and pay machines. Elevator use should be limited to a single occupant at a time. To learn more, visit https://osu.campusparc.com/about-us/news/comprehensive-parking-updates-in-response-to-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/.

Contactless hourly parking in select surface lots is also available via ParkMobile. To learn more, visit https://osu.campusparc.com/about-us/news/looking-for-an-alternative-to-an-annual-parking-permit/.


Shared University Vehicles

We recommend limiting vehicles to one person, when possible. When sharing a ride, all occupants should wear a face mask. In addition, all colleges or units are advised to provide disinfectant wipes to vehicle operators. All vehicle operators should disinfect the vehicle before and after use by wiping down the:

  • Steering wheel
  • Seat belt
  • Gear selector
  • Radio controls
  • Heating and air conditioning controls
  • Power window and power lock buttons
  • Arm rests
  • Rear view mirrors and rearview mirror controls
  • Outside door handles

Always practice proper hygiene. Wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before and after riding or use 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.


University Fueling Station

The university fueling station may be used by those operating a university vehicle, or with the City of Upper Arlington, City of Columbus or SWACO. Everyone is advised to follow proper hygiene. Wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before and after filling up your vehicle or use 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.