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COTA Updates, Including Summer Youth Passes And Discounted Zoo Rates

Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) has announced several updates this week, including Summer Youth Passes, Discounted rates for COTA bus riders to the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, and their participation in the Ohio Business and Career Expo.

COTA’s Summer Youth Pass will allow unlimited rides for youngsters under the age of 17 on all COTA lines from June 1 until August 31. The pass is $62 and is available in person at COTA Pass Sales or by mail to COTA Pass Sales, 33 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215.

In order to purchase a pass, youths must provide proof of age. Acceptable forms of identification are a driver’s license, a state ID, or a birth certificate with a photo ID.


This summer, COTA will offer Zoo Bus riders special savings on Zoo admission. Visitors to the zoo who arrive via COTA bus will receive admission to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for just $3, and Zoombezi Bay for $10. Bus fares to the Zoo are just $2 each way.

“We are proud to partner with COTA and offer members of our community more—and greener—options to access the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium through public transportation,” said Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President and CEO Tom Stalf. “Through the Zoo Bus service, as well as the discounted offers, we hope more people can experience the Columbus Zoo, share in a fun day with friends and family, and establish connections to wildlife.”

Weekend and Holiday Zoo Bus services run from May 6 through September 4, while daily bus service will begin May 30. The Zoo bus will run on holidays, including Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

Finally, COTA will be participating in the Ohio Business and Career Expo this year from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Wed., May 17 at the Ohio Expo Center’s Cardinal Hall. The Expo is designed to help job seekers who are minorities, women, or otherwise socially and economically disadvantaged.

Several State of Ohio businesses and agencies will participate in the expo, including COTA, The Ohio State University, Columbus State Community College, and Columbus Regional Airport Authority. Admission to the Expo is free. For more information, please visit their website.


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