Perrysburg voters approved a new transportation levy. Now the city will now have bus service after opting out of TARTA, last September.
Very soon, the streets of Perrysburg will see a new shuttle service. After several door- to- door campaigns trying to convince voters Perrysburg needed a transit service, the measure on the ballot won, Tuesday, with 65% of the vote.
"It's going to be a less costly system, there's no question."
Jack Hoeflinger was the chairman of the Go-Perrysburg committee that campaigned for the new service. The group encouraged voters to approve a 0.8 mill levy which cost the average homeowner $50 per year to fund the service.
Hoeflinger sees this victory as good for people and good for the community, telling 13abc's Bill Hormann, "Some of the people are not going to have to move out of the community that would have had to move out."
Now, implementation begins.
Two shuttle buses will be used, drivers will be hired, a local office will be set up and instead of scheduled service this will be more of a dial-a-ride service for people who need it.
Todd Grayson, a city councilman in Perrysburg says, "A user could call up, you schedule an appointment, they come pick you up and they take you home when you're done."
The new service will be the only self-funded transit service in Ohio.
It will rely on no state or federal monies which means Perrysburg has more control over its transit operation. Now, it can control its hours of operation, it can change the bus routes, it can change the number of buses, it can even change the bus provider.
TARTA service, which the city ended back in September, relies heavily on federal funds and a loss of funding could mean changes in service..
But Perrysburg believes, without TARTA, it now has a service that better fits the community. Grayson says, To keep service the only way to me to ensure that was to get out and get something more cost effective, more reliable, more Perrysburg-centric."
Bus service could begin in a couple weeks and each ride will cost $1.
For a couple months, last year, Ride Right out of Saint Louis operated the dial -a-ride service; they'll run it again.
And Perrysburg believes other communities like Rossford and Maumee may decide to become part of this self-serve network.