Taking Alternative Transportation to the Short North Arts District Just Got Easier

Transportation options in the Short North Arts District continue to get better and better. Learn about new options coming online starting May 1 and other helpful transportation alternatives.

COTA Transit System Redesign

Bus service throughout the region will be enhanced when the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) launches a redesigned bus network on May 1. The redesign is a complete overhaul of the COTA network that will provide simplified routes, increased frequency, connections to more, reduced bus congestion downtown, and service to more jobs.

To celebrate the launch, COTA service will be free May 1-7. Explore your new routes at COTA.com/TSR.


Hopper Carts

Also launching May 1, Hopper Carts, an eco-friendly, free to ride, on-demand ridesharing service, is coming to the Short North. Hopper Carts will connect Columbus by using a fleet of electric vehicles that riders call through an interactive mobile app. Hopper Carts will operate primarily in the Short North, with exceptions made for special events. 

Working with local businesses, hotels and the city to create what Hopper Carts describes as a “fun and exciting rider experience.” Users will be able to track a Hopper while also connecting them to local hot spots, see discounts to local restaurants, and check out festivals and events.

Yay Bikes!

May is National Bike Month, and what better way than to celebrate than with Yay Bikes! Yay Bikes! is a non-profit that works to educate riders to increase the number of bicycle trips and decrease the number of bicycle crashes in Central Ohio and beyond. Let them host you on a ride, or  join them for one of their monthly events, including Bike to Work Day.

MORPC RideSolutions Emergency Ride Home 

The Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program is a free service that assures commuters who are registered with RideSolutions that they won’t be stranded at work in the case of emergency, illness, or unexpected overtime.

ERH is free to registered RideSolutions commuters who carpool, vanpool, ride public transportation, bike, or walk to and from work. Once registered, commuters who find themselves in need of an emergency ride home can access their account at rideshareohio.com and print a voucher for a free taxi ride home from Yellow Cab. Simply print the voucher, call the cab number on the voucher, and hand it over to the taxi driver when he/she picks you up. The driver will not charge you for your ride.

Other great transportation options in the Short North


car2go is a carshare service that can be used to travel to the Short North, with a home area that includes many neighborhoods such as Merion Village, Clintonville, Olde Town East, and downtown Columbus. Cars can be picked up and dropped off in public parking spots (including metered spots) anywhere in the car2go home area. Memberships to car2go are available on the car2go website.

CoGo Bike Share

CoGo is a bikeshare designed to be used as a transport service between stations around Columbus, including four stations located in the Short North. Daily rentals and annual membership information is available on the CoGo website.


Uber and Lyft both offer rideshare services that offers flat-rate rides around Columbus. Riders can reserve a car through the Uber and Lyft mobile apps.

Taxi Cabs

Columbus has a number of taxi services that run in the Short North. Below are a few options:

  • Yellow Cab of Columbus: (614) 444.4444
  • Orange Cab: (614) 414.0000
  • ACME Taxi: (614) 777.7777
  • Blue Cab of Columbus: (614) 236.4444

Bike Facilities and Parking

Biking to and from the Short North Arts District is easy and highly encouraged. High Street throughout the Short North Arts District contains Sharrows, or bike arrows, marking that it is a shared roadway for motorists and cyclists.

Bike racks can be found on virtually every block along High Street.

Secure, covered bike parking with a bike repair station are in the following locations:

  • At Lincoln and High Streets on the west side of High Street
  • At Goodale Boulevard and Park Street on the west side of Goodale Boulevard
  • At the North Market on Spruce Street

Walking Map

Walking is not only the easiest way to get around the Short North Arts District, but it is also the most fun. Click here to download the Convention Area Walking map, which features a comprehensive listing of all businesses in the Short North Arts District.