Ohio’s public transportation systems are striving to meet the daily mobility needs of Ohio’s growing senior population, along with keeping up with the capital need to move workers, students, and those without access to their own vehicles. Public transportation in Ohio comes in many shapes and forms, from rail and streetcars, to buses, vans, and bikes.
TARTA moves thousands of people a day on fixed-line routes, paratransit trips and through the agency’s Call-A-Ride service. TARTA proudly serves seven communities in Lucas and Wood counties getting people to work, school, doctor appointments and social gatherings across the area.
“The timing of “Ohio Loves Transit” is perfectly aligned as TARTA begins its evolution into the future. Public transportation intersects with economic development, workforce development, quality of life, affordable housing and accessibility issues,” TARTA General Manager, Kim Dunham said. “Mobility freedom equates to opening doors of opportunity that allow access to jobs, medical services, doctor appointments, education, shopping, and so many other locations. Every successful metropolitan region in the United States has a robust public transportation system and our region should be no different. New buses, integrated fare technology, real-time data, on-demand service, intermodal connectivity and a vast array of other technology platforms are on the horizon at TARTA.”
Transit drives Ohio’s economy, with national statistics showing that every $1 invested in public transit generates $4 in economic return. Whether it’s getting to area shopping centers, local airports, libraries, parks, bike trails, or countless other leisure time destinations—Ohio transit can get you there.
Laura Koproski, Executive Director of the Ohio Public Transit Association.
“Ohio Loves Transit is a statewide initiative to celebrate how Ohio’s transit systems are helping to move our state forward. With Ohioans using public transit morning, noon and night, it is a vital link to jobs, education and healthcare. We encourage everyone to take a ride on your local public transit system during Ohio Loves Transit week. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the benefits and positive impact transit is making in our communities.”
Ohio’s transit systems also provide a vital link to thousands of people with disabilities, by providing rides to work, job training programs, medical appointments and adult day care facilities. With the “baby boomer” generation aging, the needs for these services has grown, and both urban and rural transit agencies alike are working to ensure all citizens have the access to the transportation services they need to remain an active part of their community.
Share your stories about how TARTA moves you on social media and use the hashtags #OhioLovesTransit and #RidingOnLove.
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