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COTA to introduce reduced fare program for low-income riders

A COTA bus stop in downtown Columbus.
Adora Namigadde

COTA bus riders receiving public income assistance will soon be able to ride for only 50% of the fare.

The six-month pilot program starts in March and expands those eligible for reduced fares through the transit authority's account-based fare management system. Riders will have to show proof of receiving either SNAP food aid, publicly funded childcare, Ohio Works First Cash assistance, Medicaid or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.

Seniors, children, veterans and qualifying disabled customers already receive the half-price rider fees.

Debbie Holmes has worked at WOSU News since 2009. She has hosted All Things Considered, since May 2021. Prior to that she was the host of Morning Edition and a reporter.