Central Ohio Transit Authority

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Central Ohio Transit Authority or COTA is the public transit operator in the greater Columbus, Ohio area. This includes Franklin County as well as portions of neighbouring Delaware, Fairfield and Licking Counties.

History

Prior to COTA, Columbus Transit Company (CTC) ran the transit system in Columbus from 1949-1974.

Routes

Maps/Schedules

Fares

Current

Facilities

Administration Office

  • Address: 33 North High St., Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • Phone:
    • Customer Service 614-228-1776
    • Office 614-275-5800

Fields Garage

  • Address: 1333 Fields Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

McKinley Garage

  • Address: 1600 McKinley Ave., Columbus, OH 43222

Roster

Active

As of December 2017.[1]

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
1001-1006 2010 Gillig BRT HEV 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB Allison EP40 hybrid system
  • Some units have new bike racks and ramps have been replaced.
  • All buses have new fareboxes.
1007-1043 2010 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9
  • 1007-1009 have been repainted into the current livery.
  • Some units have new bike racks and ramps have been replaced.
  • All buses have new fareboxes.
1044-1046 2010 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102N2)
Cummins ISL9
1101-1137 2011 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 All buses have new fareboxes.
1138-1140 2011 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102R2)
Cummins ISL9 All buses have new fareboxes.
1201-1223 2012 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 All buses have new fareboxes.
1301-1318 2013 Gillig Low Floor CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins Westport ISL G All buses have new fareboxes.
1319-1330 2013 Gillig Low Floor CNG 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins Westport ISL G All buses have new fareboxes.
1401-1408 2014 Gillig Low Floor CNG 29'
(G27E102R2)
Cummins Westport ISL G
  • 1401-1406 are used on the CBus downtown circulator.
  • All buses have new fareboxes.
1409-1415 2014 Gillig Low Floor CNG 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins Westport ISL G
  • 1415 written off after an accident in May 2017.
  • All buses have new fareboxes.
1416-1436 2014 Gillig Low Floor CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins Westport ISL G
  • 1423 was out of service after an accident. Returned to service on May 15, 2017.
  • All buses have new fareboxes.
1501-1505 2015 Gillig Low Floor CNG 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins Westport ISL G All buses have new fareboxes.
1506-1538 2015 Gillig Low Floor CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins Westport ISL G All buses have new fareboxes.
1601-1614 2016 Gillig Low Floor CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins Westport ISL G
  • 1611 has a special wrap on the side to honor veterans for veterans day.
  • All buses have new fareboxes.
1615-1618 2016 Gillig Low Floor CNG 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins Westport ISL G All buses have new fareboxes.
1619-1620 2016 Gillig BRT Plus CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins Westport ISL G
  • Used on Cmax route.
  • All buses have new fareboxes.
1701-1706 2017 Gillig Low Floor CNG 29' Cummins Westport ISL G NZ
  • All buses have new fareboxes.
  • Equipped with electric doors.
1707-1713 2017 Gillig Low Floor CNG 35'
(G31B102N4)
Cummins Westport ISL G NZ
  • All buses have new fareboxes.
  • Equipped with electric doors.
1714-1726 2017 Gillig BRT Plus CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins Westport ISL G NZ
  • Used on Cmax route.
  • All buses have new fareboxes.
  • Equipped with electric doors.
1901-1928 2019 New Flyer XN40 Cummins Westport L9N [2]
2801-2830 2008 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R
  • 2820 & 2828 are retired.
  • Some units have new bike racks and ramps have been replaced.
  • All buses have new fareboxes.
2831-2838 2008 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102N2)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R
  • 2834 is retired.
  • Some units have new bike racks and ramps have been replaced.
  • All buses have new fareboxes.
2901-2930 2009 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R
  • Some units have new bike racks and ramps have been replaced.
  • All buses have new fareboxes.
2931-2940 2009 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102N2)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R
  • 2937-2940 have been converted for use on the new COTA Air Connect route and have luggage racks and USB charging ports.
  • Some units have new bike racks and ramps have been replaced.
  • All buses have new fareboxes.

On Order

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
2019-2022 New Flyer XN40 Options for 126 buses over five years.[3]

Retired

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
550-580 1975 GMC T6H-5307A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
2001-2009 2000 ABI TSV-30 Cummins ISB Allison B300R
2010-2038 2001 ABI TSV-30 Cummins ISB Allison B300R
2101-2162 2001 NFI D40LF Detroit Diesel Series 40 Allison B400R
  • 2101, 2103-2104, 2109, 2114, 2118, 2123, 2124, 2126, 2127, 2129, 2141-2143, 2147-2149, 2151, 2159, 2160 & 2162 to TARTA 1900-1919.
  • 2130-2140 to IndyGo 0130-0140.
  • 2155 was rear ended by a garbage truck prior to retirement.
2301-2310 2003 NFI D40LF Cummins ISL Allison B400R
2401-2405 2004 NFI D40LF Cummins ISL Allison B400R
2501-2512 Central Ohio Transit Authority 2505-a.jpg 2004 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G29B102N4)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R 2510-2512 are 2005 models.
2520-2524 2005 NFI D40LF Cummins ISL Allison B400R Sold to CATA in 2018.
2701-2732 2007 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R
8101-8199 1981 Grumman Flxible 870
(40102-8-1)
Detroit Diesel 8V71T Allison V730
8201-8265 1983 Flxible Metro "A"
(40102-6T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730 8231, 8245, 8247, 8252, 8257, 8263 & 8265 to Palm Tran 8204-8210 in 1995.
8301-8320 1983 Flxible Metro "A"
(35096-6T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730
8401-8432 1984 Flxible Metro "A"
(40102-6T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
8433-8450 1984 Flxible Metro "A"
(35096-6T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
8490-8499 1985 Skillcraft
8501-8543 1987 GMC RTS-06
(T8J-606)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730
  • 1986 models.
  • 8521 was used for a fire fighting training exercise in the early 2000s.
  • 21 units (85xx & 86xx) had their wheel chair lifts reconditioned/overhauled in 2000 by Midwest Bus.
  • 1 unit (85xx or 86xx?) was restored and reconditioned in 2000 as a prototype by Midwest Bus.
  • Last units retired sometime in 2008.
8601-8624 1987 GMC RTS-06
(T7J-606)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730
  • 1986 models.
  • 21 units (85xx & 86xx) had their wheel chair lifts reconditioned/overhauled in 2000 by Midwest Bus.
  • 1 unit (85xx or 86xx?) was restored and reconditioned in 2000 as a prototype by Midwest Bus.
  • Last units retired sometime in 2008.
9101-9141 1991 Flxible Metro "B"
(40102-6T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
9301-9319 1993 Flxible Metro "D"
(35102-6C8)
Cummins C8.3 ZF HP590
9320-9367 1993 Flxible Metro "D"
(40102-6C8)
Cummins C8.3 ZF HP590
9501-9523 1995 Flxible Metro "E"
(35102-6C8)
Cummins C8.3 ZF HP590 Retired by 2012.
9524-9580 1995 Flxible Metro "E"
(40102-6C8)
Cummins C8.3 ZF HP590
9901-9928 1999 Nova Bus LFS 40102
CNG 1? 1989 Flxible Metro CNG
(40102-6C)
Cummins This was an experimental unit and also the first production CNG Metro by Flxible.

Paratransit Roster

Project Mainstream (aka COTA Mainstream) is the para-transit service of COTA and offers service within 3/4 of a mile of a fixed route bus line.

Incomplete - As of 2016.[1]

Active

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
1161-1181 2011 Chevrolet Champion GM Duramax 1163, 1165-1167, 1170, 1174-1175, 1178, 1180-1181 are retired.
1261-1281? 2012 Chevrolet Champion GM Duramax 1263-1264, 1269-1270, 1273, 1275, 1278 are retired.
13xx 2013 Chevrolet Champion GM Duramax
14xx 2014 Chevrolet Champion GM Duramax
16xx 2016 Chevrolet Champion GM Duramax Buses have a different seating configuration.
18xx 2018 Ford Transit Known unit: 1863.

Retired

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
1xx 1994 Ford cutaway Known unit: 163.
1xx 1996 Ford cutaway Known units: 173, 175.
1xx 1997 Ford cutaway Known unit: 177.
1xx 1998 Ford E350 cutaway Ford Power Stroke 7.3L Diesel Known unit: 195.
1xx 1999 Ford cutaway Known unit: 196.
2xx 2002 Ford E450 cutaway Ford Power Stroke 7.3L Diesel Known unit: 228.
3xx 2002 Ford E450 cutaway Ford Power Stroke 7.3L Diesel Known unit: 311.
4xx Ford
  • Known units: 407-408, 412-413.
  • 407 was retired early and became a parts bus.
1163, 1165-1167, 1170,
1174-1175, 1178, 1180-1181
2011 Chevrolet Champion GM Duramax
1261 2012 Chevrolet GM Duramax
  • Kneeling equipped & single door.
  • Auctioned off on October 20, 2018.
1263-1264, 1269-1270,
1273, 1275, 1278
2012 Chevrolet Champion GM Duramax Auctioned off on October 20, 2018.
80xx 2006 Ford/Starcraft E450 cutaway Ford Power Stroke 6.0L Diesel Known units: 8010, 8017.

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