The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) Board of Trustees has approved free 31-day bus passes for all federal employees and contractors impacted by the government shutdown.
Eligible federal workers must show their government ID and furlough letter to obtain the free pass. The free fares to eligible federal employees begins today.
Government employees who want to access the free pass can bring their government ID and notice of furlough to COTA’s Pass Sales Office on the first floor of 33 N. High St. between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
“This is an unprecedented time in our country, and many in our community are feeling the financial effects of a situation beyond their control. We hope that providing an accessible mobility option during this stressful time will provide some relief to these hard-working public servants and their families,” said COTA President/CEO Joanna Pinkerton. “When the community needs us, COTA is there.”
The cost of a 31-day Frequent/Standard pass is $62 and Rush Hour passes are $85.
The approved resolution waives these costs for eligible impacted federal workers.
If the shutdown comes to an end the remaining balance of the 31-day pass will still be valid, COTA officials said.
“When the shutdown ends, the financial burden will continue for those impacted and their families. This benefit provides some relief beyond the conclusion of the shutdown,” Pinkerton said.