COTA plans service changes, including reductions, on some routes beginning Monday
The Central Ohio Transit Authority will change the service on 11 of its fixed route lines beginning Monday, with most of them reductions in the frequency of service on certain days.
COTA will make adjustments on the following transit lines:
• No. 1 Kenny/Livingston
• No. 2 E. Main/N. High
• No. 3 Harrisburg/Northwest
• No.10 E. Broad/W. Broad
• No. 22 OSU/Rickenbacker
• No. 23 James/Stelzer
• No. 24 Hamilton
• No. 25 Brice
• No. 34 Morse
• No. 102 N. High/Polaris Pkwy
In the case of the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 10 lines, service between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. will go from every 10 minutes to every 15 minutes.
On the CMAX line, service between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. will go from every 10 minutes to every 15 minutes.
And on the No. 3, No. 23, and No. 34 routes, service on Saturdays and Sundays will go from every 30 minutes to every 60 minutes.
On the No. 102 route, service will go from every 30 minutes to every 60 minutes seven days a week.
COTA is making the changes because ridership is generally lower in the winter, and because of driver shortages that have hindered COTA and its riders during the COVID-19 pandemic, COTA spokesman Jeff Pullin said.
"If there's a call-off, we don't have enough people to fill those gaps," Pullin said.
COTA currently has 640 drivers, with 94% being full-time, according to information provided by Sara McCain, COTA director of corporate communications.
In 2021, COTA hired 60 drivers, with the goal of hiring 85 more by May 2022.
COTA makes changes to its service three times a year: on the first Monday of January, May and September.
For more information, call COTA customer service at (614) 228-1776 or go to COTA.com.