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COTA Membership Benefits

COTA membership rights/benefits include:
  • Eligible to become a COTA BOD member;
  • Voting rights on COTA BOD members;
  • Networking with COTA memebrs world wide;
  • Opportunities of COTA fellowships for attending CICTP;
  • Opportunities of participating in major exchanging programs with Chinese institutes and/or joint conference sessions with other prestigious professional associations; and
  • Receiving email notifications about COTA activities, news, newsletters, announcements of meetings, conferences and workshops.

How to Join

There are five categories of COTA membership:

  • Member:
    • Any individual with a residence status in a country or region other than China, whose area of expertise is in transportation related fields and/or who is interested in the Association can become a member of the Association by filing an appropriate application and upon payment of the membership dues.
    • Members shall be entitled to all privileges of the Association, including holding Board of Directors positions and voting on the Association matters.
    • Members shall pay annual membership dues. The amount of membership dues shall be determined by the Board of Directors.

  • Student Member:
    • A Student Member shall be a person who is enrolled as a full-time student in a college outside of China.
    • Student Members shall be entitled to all privileges of the Association, including holding positions and voting on the Association matters.
    • Student Members shall pay annual membership dues. The amount of student membership dues shall be determined by the Board of Directors.

  • Associate Memebr:
    • Any individual who are interested in the Association shall be eligible for this membership, and may become an Associate Member of the Association upon filing an appropriate application.
    • Associate Members shall neither hold positions nor vote on any Association matters.
    • Associate Members are not required to pay annual membership dues.

  • Honorable Member:
    • An honorary member shall be 1) a person who has made significant contributions to the transportation profession and/or to the Association; or 2) a transportation professional, regardless of race and nationality, who has been internationally recognized with his/her prestigious reputation in scholarly research and/or professional practice. An honorary member must be nominated by the Award and Recognition Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.
    • An honorary member shall neither hold Board of Directors positions nor vote on any Association matters.
    • Honorary members are not required to pay annual membership dues.

  • Institution Member:
    • Institution Members are those legitimate entities, including for-profit corporate entities, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies and educational institutes, who agree with the bylaws, are willing to support the Association's activities, and have paid the annual institution membership dues.
    • Each Institution Member shall have one (1) affiliate representative who is entitled to all privileges of a member. However, the affiliate representative may not hold any positions unless he or she is also a bona fide individual Member at the same time.
    • Institution Members shall pay annual membership dues. The amount of institution membership dues shall be determined by the Board of Directors.
Please refer to the COTA Bylaws for the details.

The cost of these COTA membership:
  • 1-year COTA Regular Member ($40)
  • 2-year COTA Regular Member ($75)
  • 3-year COTA Regular Member ($110)
  • 1-year COTA Student Member ($10)
  • 1-year COTA Associate Member ($40)
  • 2-year COTA Associate Member ($75)
  • 3-year COTA Associate Member ($110)
  • COTA Life Member, age under 36 ($1500)
  • COTA Life Member, age 36 – 50 ($1200)
  • COTA Life Member, age 51 – 65 ($900)
  • COTA Life Member, age over 65 ($600)

There are two ways to become a COTA Member or a COTA Student Member
1) Download and fill out the application form. Please email the application form to:
Dr. Haizhog Wang(Haizhong.Wang@oregonstate.edu, COTA Membership Officer), and
Dr. Heng Wei(heng.wei@uc.edu, COTA Treasurer)
2) On-site registration for COTA membership is available at TRB COTA Symposium, TRB COTA Reception, and at COTA Summer CICTP Conference;

There are two ways to pay your membership due
1) Pay the membership due via paypal.

COTA Membership Due Paid by Paypal


2) Mail your membership due (check only payable to: COTA) to the following address:

ATTN: Dr. Heng Wei
792 Rhodes Hall, 2850 Campus Way
The University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0071

If your agency wants to become an Institution Member, please contact Dr. Haizhong Wang (Haizhong.Wang@oregonstate.edu) and Dr. Heng Wei (heng.wei@uc.edu).

Any type of membership application for the current calendar year must be accepted by October 1st. The membership remains ineffective until both payment and complete registration form are received.