Fares on Central Ohio Transit Authority buses won't change next year.

After a review of its current fare structure and a public-comment process, Emilie Williams, COTA interim president and CEO, announced today, Nov. 15, that COTA would not pursue a fare adjustment or change in fare policy, according to a news release from COTA.

Instead, Williams proposed evaluating fares later in 2018 after a complete year of data about the effects of the transit system redesign, a major realignment of COTA’s service that launched in May 2017, the release said.

“I’m confident that reviewing the first year of TSR operations will enable our team to better evaluate our fares, consider adjustments and potential impacts and proceed with thoughtful and prudent fare policy recommendations,” Williams said in the release.

The last time COTA adjusted fares upward was in 2012, the release said.