Press Release11/4/2019

COTA to Offer Free Fares for All Customers on Election Day

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) will offer free fares to all customers Tuesday, Nov. 5, in an unprecedented local effort to improve voters’ access to polling locations on Election Day.

In September, the COTA Board of Trustees voted unanimously to authorize free fares for all customers using fixed-route service, as well as COTA Mainstream, the authority’s ADA service.

“The decision to offer free fares on Election Day reflects COTA’s organization-wide commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion,” said COTA President/CEO Joanna M. Pinkerton. “Mobility should not be a barrier to a better quality of life, and that includes exercising the right to vote. This will be a great benefit to the community.”

Voters can check their polling location on the Franklin County Board of Elections Website. Once voters find their polling location, they can plan their trip at

Customers can also get help planning their trip by calling COTA Customer Service at (614) 228-1776. Call Center hours are from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.