The Central Oklahoma Transportation & Parking Authority (COTPA) was created by the City of Oklahoma City in 1966 to plan, develop, build, and operate a balanced parking and transportation system (METRO Transit) in the state’s capital metropolitan city. COTPA's Board of Trustees are the governing body for the oversight of METRO Transit, downtown off-street public parking and Oklahoma River Cruises.
Today, METRO Transit service is concentrated into a service area of Oklahoma City and Midwest City with express bus service to Norman. The Oklahoma City system has fixed-routes that radiate from the Downtown Transit Center. The Transit Center opened in July 2004 and is near many employment destinations due to its location within the Central Business District. Route 23, the Crosstown Route, travels NE & NW 23rd St. facilitating the transfer of passengers from route to route without having to go to the Transit Center. Some routes have loops that intersect each other, allowing passengers to transfer from one quadrant to another without going through the transit center. Buses generally depart from the Transit Center in 15-minute increments throughout the day.
In addition to fixed route service, METRO Transit provides a wide range of special services for older adults and persons with disabilities.
METRO Transit carries approximately 3 million riders annually.