Thursday, June 23, 2016

Clevelanders for Public Transit

Ohio Organizing Collaborative: "Ohio funds public transit at one of the lowest levels in the nation - spending just $7.3 million in total or about $0.63 per Ohio resident. This severe under-funding of transit has led to a crisis in Cleveland: RTA, the most robust transit authority in the state is proposing raising fares and cutting routes for Cuyahoga County residents. We cannot continue down this path and aim to be a vibrant community. Cleveland for Public Transit exists to build power for riders so investment public transportation is a priority for the public and private sectors. Sign up to get involved!

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Free shuttle service in Cleveland expanded

freshwatercleveland : "The new BlueLink, which launched today, will operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The free shuttle will circulate every 20 or 30 minutes and will stop at the new Little Italy – University Circle RTA Station; points along Mayfield, Murray Hill and Cornell Roads; and the cultural attractions lining Wade Oval and Magnolia Drive. The addition increases the small but mighty CircleLink fleet from two to three shuttles."

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Interesting account of Mansfield, Ohio bus service

richlandsource.com: " the bus system is an absolute lifeline for those without a car who need to ride to work; for students, for the disabled; for young mothers with children lacking transport; and for those who for whatever reason cannot drive themselves.

The drivers here on these small local routes do so much more than drive the bus. They are friends and helpers to those in the community who need it, and they do it all with chatty good humor and no-nonsense efficiency, day in and day out."

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

OU students, staff soon will get free local public transit with ID

athensnews.com : "Access to public transportation on campus and throughout Athens County is about to be improved for all Athens-based students and employees with a valid Ohio University identification card, according to a news release.

Athens Mayor Steve Patterson and OU President Roderick J. McDavis last week announced a pilot partnership that will allow the OU ID to serve as a fare card for unlimited travel on the Athens Public Transit (APT) system, beginning July 1, 2016. The Bobcat Pass pilot program is intended to significantly increase access to a large population within Athens County. The pilot phase will last one year and will be funded by OU’s Transportation and Parking Department."

Thursday, March 31, 2016

OU, Athens partner to offer free public transit to OU students, employees

athensmessenger.com: "On Wednesday, Athens Mayor Steve Patterson and Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis announced a pilot partnership that will allow the Ohio University ID to serve as a fare card for unlimited travel on the Athens Public Transit (APT) system beginning July 1, 2016. The Bobcat Pass pilot program is intended to significantly increase access to a large population within Athens County. The pilot phase will last one year and will be funded by Ohio University’s Transportation and Parking Department."

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Ohio Survey: Nearly 80 percent believe they will benefit from expanded public transportation

WLWT Home: "92.2 percent agree that ensuring that the system provides transportation to seniors, students, workers and people without cars is essential to the economy and the basic quality of life, even if they don't use public transit personally.
79.5 percent agree with people who say that they will, in some way, benefit by having expanded and improved bus and public transit services in Hamilton County, even though they may not use transit personally.
58.4 percent think connecting people to jobs is the highest priority for local bus transportation to improve the quality of life in Cincinnati and Hamilton County. "

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Corporations feel the pain of sprawl, diverge from oil industry

cincinnati.com : "The group includes some influential members, including Dinsmore & Shohl managing partner and chairman George Vincent, former state senator Eric Kearney, business and community leader Delores Hargrove-Young, West Side community leader Pete Witte and Dunn. The task force also includes members from Procter & Gamble, Western & Southern Financial Group, University of Cincinnati, churches and nonprofits.

Dunn, Vincent and Hargrove-Young are chairing the task force, which also will look at:

• Connecting students to schools and universities and job training programs

• Helping older adults maintain their independence

• Providing more transportation options for people with disabilities

• Looking at transportation needs for young professionals and recent college graduates entering the workforce

"We need to start planning for the future," Vincent said."