Ohio State is committed to providing transportation in a way that protects health and safety.

Transportation on Ohio State’s campuses is multimodal and includes personal vehicles, bicycles and public options, such as buses, shuttles, scooters and ridesharing. Recommendations and services are fluid and will continue to be updated to accommodate decisions regarding overall health and wellness considerations.

Details about Campus Area Bus Service

In alignment with recommendations from the Safe Campus and Scientific Advisory Subgroup, Campus Area Bus Service (CABS) continues to limit occupancy to support safety and physical distancing guidelines. This autumn, limited capacity requirements will result in reduced overall service as CABS must reallocate more buses to move people in smaller quantities. Beginning Aug. 24, the university will offer two bus routes during daytime hours: the Med Center Express and a new Buckeye Loop.

CABS will prioritize transporting individuals parking in the Buckeye Lot or West Campus Carmack Lots who are therefore unable to walk to class or work. Service around the academic core will not be offered during daytime hours but will resume after 7 p.m. via the East Residential and West Campus routes. We encourage students, faculty and staff to review CABS service routes and times and plan for longer wait times. Paratransit services will remain available. As a reminder, all CABS riders must wear a mask.

CABS is helping protect the safety of passengers through operational changes, including: 

  • Cleaning and disinfecting all buses and high-touch surfaces at least twice per day, including handrails and poles 
  • Taping off CABS seats to promote physical distancing and limited occupancy 
  • Checking driver health before they start their shift 
  • Ensuring all CABS drivers to wear face masks 
  • Requiring all riders to wear face masks 
  • Requiring all riders board and exit from the rear door 

Other modes of travel and parking

Visit Transportation and Traffic Management for more on CABS, paratransit, charter bus services, Lyft Ride Smart at Ohio State program, shared scooters and bikes, bike racks, parking, shared university vehicles and the university fueling station.

Parking information can be found at

Together As Buckeyes: ‘I feel like I’m saving a life’ 

Mechanic Harry Ward talks about the safety measures he implements daily with buses that serve Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Watch this video to learn how he and others with the Campus Area Bus Service system are looking out for the health and safety of other people. 

CABS COVID-19 Service

Accountability measures

Accountability measures will be in place for those who do not complete the training and sign the pledge, or choose not to abide by required health and safety guidelines. These accountability measures may range from additional training and informal coaching to formal disciplinary action based on existing structures for students, faculty and staff. They are available here.

Please reference this website for the most up-to-date guidelines. The university’s COVID-19 Transition Task Force’s Safe Campus and Scientific Advisory Subgroup will continue monitoring changing conditions and consult with local and state health authorities. Recommendations and requirements will be refined as needed.