Transportation

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. Limited capacity requirements have resulted in reduced overall service as CABS reallocated more buses to move people in smaller quantities.

We encourage students, faculty and staff to review CABS service routes and times and plan for longer wait times. Paratransit services remain available. As a reminder, all CABS riders must wear a mask and are asked to enter from the front and exit from the rear door.

Service offerings are fluid and will continue to be updated to accommodate decisions regarding overall health, wellness and services on campus. Riders can track CABS buses in real-time via the Ohio State app.

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 
  • Providing hand sanitizer inside the buses at the front and rear doors
  • Installing safety dividers between 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 enter via the front door and exit via the back 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 osu.campusparc.com.

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 are 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.


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.