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Perrysburg public transit to recruit volunteers at Monday meeting

PERRYSBURG, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A group of Perrysburg residents are looking to get the wheels rolling on public transit again after TARTA stopped operating in the city in September.

Perrysburg 4 Transit has been pushing to get some sort of public transit back on the roads for months, even if it meant getting in the driver's seat themselves to take people who depended on Call-a-Ride services.

On Monday night, they will hold a meeting to strategize and recruit more volunteers.

TARTA pulled out of Perrysburg after voters turned down a levy in November that would bring an outside service back to the city.

Now Perrysburg 4 Transit volunteers are left getting behind the wheel to help rally support for a levy in May that would restore services and fill in the gaps to provide transportation for neighbors.

"It seems our community may have been a little bit confused last time, didn't understand it exactly, didn't know the tax implications," said Jack Hoeflinger. "So we're trying to address all those points. We have a lot of voter data available to us now, so we're going to be able to go out and pretty much target our message and do a better job than we did before."

Volunteers are needed to drive and help campaign for the 0.8 mill levy set to be on the ballot this spring.

"This is not a long-term fix. This is just a very short-term gap fix. We still need people to come out and vote. We still need the ballot to pass so that transportation can be reinstated, so that people can regain their independence," said Rosa Linda Brown with Perrysburg 4 Transit.

Perrysburg city council will meet Thursday to vote on putting the levy on the May ballot.

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