Life in Delaware County

COTA Holding Public Hearings On Potential Fare Changes

21 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

COTA will host two public hearings on potential changes to COTA’s fare policies. COTA reviews fares every three years. The hearings will be held:

Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 6:00 PM.
and
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 12:00 Noon

There are now three ways to attend and participate. More…

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Life in Delaware County

COTA Launches New, Mobile Centralized COTA.com

1 Jul , 2021  

By 1808Delaware, COTA

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), which serves customers daily in southern Delaware County and northern Franklin County, has announced its refreshed and reimagined website, created from customer feedback and designed to improve the experience for transit customers with mobile optimization for multimodal trip planning.

COTA.com now features improved access to real-time transit information, allowing customers to track transit vehicles and routes, search for transit near them, and plan upcoming trips. The site was built based on suggestions from COTA customers communicated through multiple engagement opportunities over the last year. COTA frontline transit employees and community stakeholders also provided substantial input. More…

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Life in Delaware County

COTA Holding Public Comment Meeting On Proposed Changes

24 May , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Many Delaware County residents use COTA to access destinations in Columbus and Franklin County through stops in the Polaris and Westerville areas.

The transit company is proposing changes in September that relate to frequency adjustments, routing alterations, and changes in late night lineups.

To obtain public comment on these proposals, COTA is holding a public meeting at noon on Tuesday, May 25 to present this information and to obtain feedback.

COTA makes improvements to its service three (3) times a year; In January, May and September. More…

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Life in Delaware County

MORPC Amends Transportation Improvement Program To Reflect COTA Changes

6 May , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission is amending the State Fiscal Year 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to include changes to Federal Transit Administration’s Section 5307 Program of Projects.

FTA’s Program of Projects is a list of projects proposed by transit agencies or other recipients for Section 5307 funding.

“Funding for Central Ohio Transit Authority and Delaware County Transit are always included in the TIP, because they operate entirely within the MORPC transportation planning area,” said Nathaniel Vogt, MORPC Infrastructure Development Manager. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Delaware County Transit Offers Free Transportation To COVID Vaccine Sites

20 Feb , 2021  

At their meeting on Wednesday, the Delaware County Transit Board (DCTB) voted to give free transportation to Delaware County residents needing to get their COVID vaccine.

Board member Richard Schrock said, “We represent a community service and it is our responsibility to make sure that transportation is not a barrier to getting a COVID-vaccine. I’ve seen first-hand in a nursing home how getting the vaccination can impact lives and having transportation available to those who need it is a vital piece”.

The rides will be provided to vaccination sites that passengers can physically go in to. We are not able to provide rides to drive-thru locations. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Help Chart A Course For FLEX

19 Feb , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Delaware County started its newest transit service called FLEX as a pilot in May of 2020. Riders have really enjoyed the convenience of being picked up at the curb of the location they choose.

Riders have enjoyed the service so much it has left the DCT operations staff wondering what’s next. FLEX service currently operates Monday thru Friday 6 AM to 6 PM with a base fare of $1.00. Staff is exploring the idea of operating later in the evening and also running FLEX buses on Saturdays.

To help them with the decision to add more service and at what times, DCT would like the Delaware City community to voice their opinions by completing a survey. More…

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Life in Delaware County

DCT Seeks Public Input In Expanding FLEX Service

7 Feb , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Last summer, Delaware County Transit unveiled a new transportation service called FLEX which allows passengers to call same day and choose their pick up and drop off location within the city of Delaware.

Passengers get an automated call that their bus is 10 minutes away. Riders are then asked to be ready and waiting at the curb.

Travel times on FLEX are averaging less than 15 minutes due to the fact that passengers don’t have to ride a full fixed route to get where they want to go. DCT’s passenger, Tony, says “I like that instead of having to ride the full route to get where I want to go, it’s faster and more direct – less time spent traveling, more time at my destination.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

COTA Returning To Fares On January 11

10 Dec , 2020  

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), which services the Polaris area in southern Delaware County, will soon reinstate fares for customers after temporarily suspending them at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fares will resume January 11 on all fixed-route transit lines and COTA//Plus services, and Feb. 1 for COTA Mainstream and Mainstream-on-Demand.

Beginning December 14, customers will be able to purchase new passes or have their expired passes replaced at no charge. Fares will remain the same as they have since 2012. Monthly passes are $62; daily one-way fares are $2. Customers previously eligible for discounted fares will continue to be served through the eligibility program at COTA or through non-profit partners. Employees or students who have transit service paid for by an employer/school will resume using their previous smartphone app or employment/student I.D. card on January 11. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Ride Easy Ohio Campaign Launched Statewide, Locally

1 Oct , 2020  

Special to 1808Delaware

Safety remains a top priority for public transportation providers.

As such, this week the Ohio Public Transit Association (OPTA) launched Ride Easy Ohio, a campaign highlighting safety initiatives to maintain public transportation as a safe and viable option during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Throughout the state of Ohio, transit systems are taking significant steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Best practices include wearing facial coverings, practicing social distancing when possible, cleaning and sanitizing vehicles and facilities, practicing safe hygiene, and employee self-monitoring. More…

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Life in Delaware County

DCT Unveils FLEX Service

30 Jul , 2020  

Delaware County Transit has unveiled a new transportation service called FLEX which allows passengers to call same day and choose their pick up and drop off location within the city of Delaware.

Passengers get an automated call that their bus is 10 minutes away. Riders are then asked to be ready and waiting at the curb.

The transit system moved up the previously scheduled September FLEX start date when fixed routes were suspended until December 31 to maintain cleanliness and distancing on buses. More…

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Life in Delaware County

DCT Makes Changes To Services, Rates

9 Jun , 2020  

Updated with additional information

By: 1808Delaware Staff; Delaware County Transit

For the first time since April 11, Delaware County Transit (DCT) is making a change to its services and fares.

Last month, DCT suspended all fixed routes on the system, after previously closing the Green Route. Since then, Demand Response rides have been available for essential trips. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Delaware County Transit Closes All Fixed Routes

11 Apr , 2020  

Due to orders issued by the State of Ohio, as well as overcrowding on Fixed Routes, Delaware County Transit has announced that effective on Monday, April 13 that all of the line’s Fixed Routes will be suspended.

This is in addition to the previously-announced closure of the Green Route.

That notice contained the following information: More…

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