TARTA Service Changes

Toledo, Ohio ‑ Changes reducing the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority’s service by 12 percent have been approved by the TARTA Board of Trustees’ Routes and Schedules Committee. The changes will take effect on Sunday, December 27.

“No organization providing a vital public service wants to reduce its offerings; but, in TARTA’s case, we had no choice,” said James K. Gee, TARTA’s General Manager. “If we want to continue delivering service to our nine member communities, we have to cut service. It’s as simple as that.”

According to Gee, TARTA’s finances are being battered by the economy. TARTA is experiencing declining government revenues, declining ridership, inflationary pressures and increasing costs for its part of local capital projects.

Changes approved are not as widespread as a group of changes proposed by TARTA in September to meet a projected $900,000 reduction in property tax collections.

Gee also said fares will remain unchanged at this time.

“We want to wait for the new service cuts to settle, get a fix on 2010 fuel prices, see what our year-end financial results are and try to get a better handle on just how much lower our property tax proceeds will be before making a final determination on fare adjustments,” Gee said.

Previously, TARTA had indicated a public hearing would be held in November concerning fares for all TARTA services, including fixed-line service, Toledo Area Regional Paratransit Service (TARPS) for the mobility challenged, suburban Call-A-Ride service and the Muddy™ and Walleye shuttles to sporting events in downtown Toledo.

The approved package of service changes was modified as a result of comments gathered at two public meetings on October 22 as well as comments mailed to TARTA.

Highlights of the approved changes include the following:

Holiday and weekend service will be reduced ‑ but continued ‑ to allow people to attend church and visit with family Sunday service will be provided from 7:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Holiday service will operate from 7:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. for fixed-line, TARPS and Call-A-Ride services.
The time interval between buses leaving the downtown line up on evenings, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays has been extended from 70 minutes to 80 minutes
Buses will leave the downtown line up for their final trip at 10:50 on week nights
During nonpeak weekday hours, the frequency between buses on fixed-line routes has been extended from 60 minutes to 80/90 minutes
Routes with low ridership will be eliminated

“These changes touch virtually all routes in one way or another. Now that the changes have been approved by the board’s committee, we have taken a giant step toward getting new schedules posted on our Web site and printed and available on buses and other normal locations,” Gee said.

It is expected comprehensive new schedules will be posted on TARTA’s Web site, www.tarta.com, no later than December 11.

TARTA’s current fare structure includes $1 per ride for adults and children 6 and above on fixed-line and Call-A-Ride service. Seniors and persons with disabilities can ride the same services for $.50 per ride with a TARTA or Medicare ID. Rides on TARPS are $2 per ride.

About TARPS

The Toledo Area Regional Paratransit Service is a comparable, complementary paratransit service for riders covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. It was established in 1989 and is operated by TARTA. TARPS is a schedule-in-advance service using special vehicles designed solely for riders with special needs. It provides service throughout the TARTA service area in Lucas and Wood counties.

About TARTA

The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority was formed in 1971 and is a political subdivision under Ohio law, similar to a park district or a school district. TARTA carries nearly 5 million passengers annually and provides interconnected, regional service to seven communities in Lucas County – Toledo, Maumee, Waterville, Ottawa Hills, Sylvania and Spencer and Sylvania townships ‑ and two Wood County communities – Perrysburg and Rossford.

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