Commonwealth Transit Authority

Lower Base, Saipan

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+1 (670) 236-2682

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Our Story

On May 27, 2011, Public Law 17-43 established a Commonwealth Public Transportation Advisory Board (CPTAB). CPTAB assists and advises the Authority and the Governor in developing a community-based, multi-modal surface transportation system that provides mobility for all, complements land use, and improves air quality.

This public law allowed the opening of Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority on January 28, 2013. COTA is a young government agency funded by federal grants that strives daily to improve transportation in the Commonwealth. Today the COTA transit operators’ serves an average of 30-40 rides daily.

Our Mission

COTA shall provide the citizens of our communities with a dependable, reliable, safe, and cost-effective public transit system in order to reduce energy consumption, strengthen cultural values, and contribute economic development for the residents of the Commonwealth. 

Our vision

Transportation is always the link, and never the barrier, to accessing training, employment, childcare, and related destinations.  We shall be recognized as the premier island-wide public transit provider committed to safety, courtesy, quality, responsiveness, efficiency, and innovation.

Our goals

The goal of the Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority is to:

      1. Ensure that the level and quality of transportation service is provided without regard to race, color, or national origin.
      2. Identify and address, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse human health and environmental effects, including social and economic effects of programs and activities on minority populations and low-income populations. 
      3. Promote a full and fair participation of all affected populations in transportation decision making. 
      4. Prevent the denial, reduction, or delay in benefits related to programs and activities that benefit minority populations or low-income populations. 
      5. Ensure meaningful access to programs and activities by persons with limited English proficiency. 
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