January 24, 2012

COTA 2-Trip Ticket

I recently received a comment on the blog about the 2-trip ticket for COTA which was introduced at the beginning of the year. For those of you unfamiliar with the 2-trip ticket, it is a pass which allows 2 trips on the bus. The benefit of these cards is that you do not have to worry about exact change.

I would characterize the start of the 2-trip ticket as a very soft release because there is no mention of it on their online fares webpage or on their "complete" rate-card. The commenter wanted to know where one could purchase the 2-trip ticket so I was game to find out.

I spent my benjamins for you, the reader.
On Friday, before graduating with my MBA from the Elevator Brewing and Draught Haus, I dropped by the main COTA building at 33 N. High Street to get a pass. When I asked for the 2-trip ticket, the woman at the register seemed surprised, even nonplussed, but to her credit she was aware of the tickets and knew exactly where they were.

I asked her and another employee about how popular they were. The woman helping me said that they weren't popular at all. The other employee told me that not a lot of people know about them, either. I also asked if they were available outside of the main pass sales office and they believed that I could only purchase it at the pass sales office. COTA should definitely look at additional advertising the passes along with selling them around the city as they do with day, week, and 31-day passes. As for the 2-trip ticket itself:

Expires 12/31/14 if you can't read my terrible picture
If you're curious about the fine print, this is on the back:
"2 Ride & Transfer Ticket. 
This Pass is valid for two trips on COTA buses. May be used on different days. COTA and its retail outlets are not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen passes. Cash refunds are not available. 
COTA reserves the right to deny transportation services to any person who knowingly evades payment of the fare of a public transportation vehicle, Section 2917.41 ORC. This card remains the property of the Central Ohio Transit Authority."
 I will not be using it until at least March when my 31-day passes will be kaput. I'll let you know then if anything weird happens with the 2-trip ticket.

Cool link of the day:


  1. Do you know how long the tickets are good for? I don't ride the bus much, but it would be nice to go pick up a half-dozen or so of these at a time so I always have one when I need to ride the bus.

    1. Nevermind. Just saw the caption on the photo. Sorry.

    2. Sorry for the blurry picture. I might do the same thing as you because I don't like carrying cash money on me. I'll probably pick up more trip tickets once my 31-day passes run out.


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