Zoom To Boom: COTA Announces Extended Service Hours, Express Service For Customers During Red, White & Boom!

Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) will provide expanded transit to and from downtown Columbus for Red, White & BOOM! on Friday, July 1, with extended local service and Express Service from five Park & Ride locations.

Express Service to downtown Columbus from select Park & Ride locations will begin at 5:30 p.m. and continue until 8:30 p.m. Cash, credit cards, C-pass and digital payment are all accepted at the Park & Ride locations, with speed lanes for customers who use the Transit app or COTA Smartcards.

Prior to the fireworks, there also will be an increased frequency of service traveling downtown on most fixed-route local lines until approximately 9:00 p.m., and service hours will be extended to at least midnight on downtown lines.

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 10:45 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 Customers with questions can also look for COTA employees wearing branded red shirts.

COTA’s Customer Care call center will have extended hours on July 1 from 6:00 a.m. to midnight to assist customers. To reach Customer Care, call (614) 228-1776.



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

No Charge – Children ages 4


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 ages 4

There is no charge to park at Park & Ride locations


Fixed-route Transit Lines: Cash, paper passes, C-pass, Transit app and COTA Smartcards

Boom! Park & Ride Express Service: Cash, credit cards, C-pass, Transit app and COTA Smartcards


Service Hours Prior to Fireworks – 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Service Hours Following Fireworks – Approximately 10:45 p.m. to midnight


Crosswoods Park & Ride

7460 Huntington Park Dr., Columbus, OH 43235

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

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

Worthington Kilbourne High School

1499 Hard Rd., Columbus, OH 43235

Between Linworth & Smoky Row

Served by Line 81 Worthington Kilbourne

Westerville Park & Ride

312 W. Main St., Westerville, OH 43081

East of Cleveland at Collegeview Rd.

Served by Line 43 Westerville

Reynoldsburg Park & Ride

2100 Birchview Dr., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

Near Birchview Dr. & Eastgreen Blvd.

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.

Served by Line 61 Grove City; Local Line 3 Northwest / Harrisburg

Visit for a map of boarding zones downtown and corresponding Park & Rides.



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.


Thursday, June 30 – Lines 4, 7, 11, 71, 72, 73, 74 and Zoo Bus will be rerouted near downtown.

Friday, July 1 – 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.

Friday, July 1 – Lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 51, 61, 71, 74, 102, CMAX, and Zoo Bus will be rerouted from 5 p.m. to end of service day (midnight).


COTA appreciates your patience during this busy evening. Information on reroutes will be posted on the homepage of prior to the event and will be shared on social media on July 1.