If you saw the post below about the special promotion between the Central Ohio Transit Authority and the Columbus Clippers, you might have noticed that the free tickets for COTA riders are always for day games.

It's no wonder why COTA can't partner with the team for games after the work day: Most of the city's buses don't regularly enough at night to make getting home from a night game convenient.

Most night games start at 7:05 p.m. and last about three hours. Looking at lines servicing large populations who might consider taking the No. 3 to Cooper Stadium, here's how you'd fare heading back to the main Capitol Square hub after the game.

If you saw the post below about the special promotion between the Central Ohio Transit Authority and the Columbus Clippers, you might have noticed that the free tickets for COTA riders are always for day games.

It's no wonder why COTA can't partner with the team for games after the work day: Most of the city's buses don't regularly enough at night to make getting home from a night game convenient.

Most night games start at 7:05 p.m. and last about three hours. Looking at lines servicing large populations who might consider taking the No. 3 to Cooper Stadium, here's how you'd fare heading back to the main Capitol Square hub after the game.

Last buses on weekdays

Starting on: No. 3 (West Broad Street local): 10:18 and 11:19 p.m.

Connecting to: No. 2 (North High Street local): 10:45 and 11:45 p.m. No. 7 (Neil Avenue local): 10:45 and 11:45 p.m. No. 7 (Whittier Street local): 10:45 and 11:45 p.m. No. 16 (South High Street local): 10 and 10:40 p.m. (also 11:45 p.m. starting May 5)

Last buses on Saturday

Starting on: No. 3 (West Broad Street local): 8:57 and 9:33

Connecting to: No. 2 (North High Street local): 9:27 and 10 p.m. No. 7 (Neil Avenue local): 9:15 and 10 p.m. No. 7 (Whittier Street local): 9:15 and 10 p.m. No. 16 (South High Street local): 9:05 and 10 p.m.

Last buses on Sunday

Starting on: No. 3 (West Broad Street local): 5:33 and 6:33 p.m.

Connecting to: No. 2 (North High Street local): 6:30 and 7 p.m. No. 7 (Neil Avenue local): 5:40 and 6:40 p.m. No. 7 (Whittier Street local): 6 and 7 p.m. No. 16 (South High Street local): 6 and 7 p.m.

Day games are fine, but you can't ever ride COTA for a Saturday night game. Also, during the week, you have to catch the 10:18 bus -- so you better hope the game doesn't go long.

These aren't the only important mass-transit lines, but they are representative of how under-served many neighborhoods are by the city's main bus system. There are other ways to get to Cooper Stadium, but the system makes it nearly impossible to get home using the No. 3, even with modest service expansions to be enacted May 5.

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