New CMAX service begins January 1st

CMAX, the Central Ohio Transit Authority’s (COTA) new high-frequency, limited-stop service along Cleveland Avenue, launches on Jan. 1, 2018! To celebrate the launch and invite customers to try the new service, COTA is offering free fares on CMAX Jan. 1-7, 2018.

The 15.6-mile CMAX route runs along Cleveland Avenue between downtown Columbus and the Ohio Health Westerville Medical Campus at Polaris Parkway and Africa Road. The new service combines convenience, reliability and technology to get customers where they need to go quickly.

Between Downtown and SR-161, CMAX runs every 10 minutes during rush hour on weekdays, and every 15 minutes midday, evenings and weekends. Service runs every 30 minutes north of SR-161 to Polaris Parkway and Africa Road. CMAX syncs with traffic signals to keep buses running on time.

“CMAX is a brand new way for COTA to provide public transportation in our growing region,” said Emille Williams, COTA’s Interim President/CEO. “CMAX is a significant investment in public transportation and in our neighborhoods. The service will improve mobility and connect the communities along Cleveland Avenue with employment opportunities, education and healthcare services.”

CMAX also features enhanced passenger amenities, including: specially-branded buses; upgraded passenger stations with real-time information screens; and free on-board Wi-Fi and USB charging ports. CMAX is only $2 per one-way trip. Daily, weekly and monthly passes are also available at the COTA Pass Sales (33 N High St. 43215) and over 3,500 pass outlets throughout Central Ohio.

COTA will host a CMAX Community Celebration on Sat., Jan. 6, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Linden STEM Academy, 2626 Cleveland Avenue. The free event is open to the public and features access to community resources, kid-friendly activities, giveaways, food, music and more