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Zoom to Boom! COTA Announces Extended Late Night Hours, Express Service to Red, White & Boom

Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) will provide expanded transit to and from downtown Columbus for Red, White & BOOM! on Wednesday, July 3, with extended late night local service and Express Service from four Park & Ride locations.

Express Service to downtown Columbus from four select Park & Ride locations will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until 8 p.m. Customers can purchase fares using the Transit app or COTA Smartcard. Credit cards, C-pass, BuckID, Educational Pass, C-Pass, Apple Pay, and Google Pay are all accepted at the Park & Ride locations.

Additionally, more than a dozen fixed-route transit lines will serve the downtown area prior and during the fireworks celebration. COTA is also extending service hours on all downtown lines until at least midnight to ensure people get home following the festivities.

After the fireworks, COTA express lines and regular local service will leave downtown Columbus from designated Red, White & BOOM! boarding zones along High Street from State Street to Nationwide Boulevard at approximately 10:30 p.m. 11 p.m., 11:30 p.m. and midnight. Times might vary depending on the timing of the fireworks display.

Boarding zones will be posted in downtown transit shelters and can be found at COTA.com/BOOM. Customers with questions can also look for COTA employees wearing branded blue shirts.

COTA’s Customer Care call center will have extended hours on July 3 from 6:00 a.m. to midnight to assist customers. To reach Customer Care, call (614) 228-1776.

 

FARE INFORMATION

LOCAL SERVICE

Fares Each Way
$2.00 – Adults 13 and up
$1.00 – Children ages 5-12 and customers who qualify for discounts.

No Charge – Children under age 5

PARK & RIDE SERVICE

Round-trip Express Fares (roundtrip fares only offered at Park & Rides)
$4.00 – Adults 13 and up
$2.00 – Children ages 5-12 and customers who qualify for discounts.

No Charge – Children under age 5

There is no charge to park at Park & Ride locations.

 

FORMS OF PAYMENT ACCEPTED

Fixed-route Transit Lines: Cash, paper passes, C-pass, BuckID, Student Summer Pass, Transit app and COTA Smartcards.

Boom! Park & Ride Express Service: Credit cards, Apple Pay Google Pay, C-pass, BuckID, Student Summer Pass, Transit app and COTA Smartcards. Cash will not be accepted at Express Locations.

 

BOOM! PARK & RIDE EXPRESS SERVICE HOURS

Service Hours Prior to Fireworks – 6 to 8 p.m.

Service Hours Following Fireworks – Approximately 10:30 p.m. to midnight

 

BOOM! EXPRESS PARK & RIDE LOCATIONS

Crosswoods Park & Ride

7460 Huntington Park Dr., Columbus, OH 43235

At Crosswoods Center NE of 270/N. High St.

Also served by Line 41 Crosswoods/Polaris; Local Line 102 Polaris Pkwy/N. High

Westerville Park & Ride

312 W. Main St., Westerville, OH 43081

East of Cleveland at Collegeview Rd.

Also served by Line 43 Westerville

Reynoldsburg Park & Ride

2100 Birchview Dr., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

Near Birchview Dr. & Eastgreen Blvd.

Also served by Line 51 Reynoldsburg; Local Line 1 Kenny / Livingston

Grove City Park & Ride

2321 Old Stringtown Rd., Grove City, OH 43123

Southwest corner of Stringtown & Parkmead Dr.

Also served by Line 61 Grove City; Local Line 3 Northwest / Harrisburg

Visit COTA.com/BOOM for a map of boarding zones downtown and corresponding Park & Rides.

 

REROUTES DURING RED, WHITE & BOOM!

Customers should expect multiple reroutes and delays, as many downtown streets will be closed. During Red, White & Boom, transit stops could be impacted by these closures, especially along High, Broad, and Front Streets near the fireworks display.

Tuesday, July 2 – Lines 4, 7, 11 and Zoo Bus will be rerouted near downtown.

Wednesday, July 3 – Lines 3, 6, 9, and 12 will be rerouted at 1:30 p.m. as roads will be closed to begin staging for the parade.

Lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 51, 61, 72, 73, 74, 102, CMAX and Zoo Bus will be rerouted from 5 p.m. to end of service day (midnight).

 

Information on reroutes will be posted on the homepage of COTA.com prior to the event and will be shared on social media all day on July 3.

Reroutes are subject to change without notice due to traffic conditions and decisions made by event and transportation officials.