TARTA asks consultant to help answer higher demand

Reported by Jennifer Boresz email
Posted by Kate Oatis email

TOLEDO (WTOL) - The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) has announced plans for a study to examine the future of public transportation in Northwest Ohio.

According to TARTA, more and more people are leaving their cars at home and riding the bus to save money on high fuel costs. Because of that increase in demand, TARTA is having its first comprehensive transit services study done to make sure they are meeting the needs of current and future riders.

The study will be paid for by federal transportation planning grants. TARTA will work with a consultant who will look at current route structures and services to come up with innovative ideas for the future.

"Essentially, we're giving the consultant a blank slate and asking them to help us develop a package of transit offerings that will make TARTA prepared for the future," said James Gee, TARTA general manager.

The study is scheduled to begin Oct. 1 and will run through March 31 of next year.