COTA’s New Fare-Capping Structure Has Launched

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Last month, the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) approved a new fare structure. Now, that new structure has officially launched.

The goal of the new structure is to reduce barriers to transit access through fare affordability throughout the city. The new structure either reduces or maintains transit fares for all customers by introducing:

  • Fare capping – ensures customers pay no more than $4.50 a day or $62 per month when they use the new fare management system launching later this fall
  • Flat fare rate – eliminates the 75-cent upcharge on rush hour lines and makes the standard fare $2 on all lines
  • Simplified Transfers – allows for two-hour accessibility for any fare paid in place of the one-way restriction
  • Simplified children discounts – eliminates height specifications for children and allows children under 5 to board at no cost and children between ages 5 and 12 to board for $1.

Customer research data from COTA confirmed that customers who can only afford to pay by the trip are paying more than those who can afford to purchase the monthly pass upfront for $62.

“COTA is updating our fare policy because it is the right thing to do,” said COTA President/CEO Joanna M. Pinkerton last month. “This new structure makes transit more equitable, accessible and affordable and ensures all customers can take advantage of the best rate available, regardless of their financial situation.”

For more information about the new payment structure, or to plan your next trip, visit

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