Our hometown regional transit agency, PARTA, is always working to keep up with the times and they’ve got some changes in the works for their Dial A Ride services (DART) that they want to share for public comment at some upcoming meetings.
DART provides eligible and registered transit riders a special pick-up and ride service for folks whom for various reasons are unable to utilize the fixed-route bus system that most of us are more familiar with. In those cases, riders can call for pick up and delivery on demand similar to taxi or Uber services.
PARTA transit services are critical in Kent — both DART and fixed route buses — so I’m happy to spread the word of their upcoming proposals.
Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority
Contact: Katherine Manning 330-678-7745 x 113; firstname.lastname@example.org
Service Change Public Hearings
PARTA will hold public hearings on potential dial-a-ride changes set for July 1, 2018. Public hearings will be held at the following dates and times:
April 16, Reed Memorial Library 10:00 a.m.
April 16, Garrettsville Library 2:00 p.m.
April 17, Randolph Senior Center 10:00 a.m.
April 18, Kent Central Gateway (2nd Floor) 2:00 p.m.
April 19, Reed Memorial Library 5:00 p.m.
April 20, Streetsboro Library 2:00 p.m.
Dial-a-ride response service (DART) is shared-ride, general public transportation available to passengers who register with PARTA. PARTA is proposing a series of changes to its DART service with the goal of creating long term sustainable service. PARTA has not made any substantial changes to its DART system or its fare structure since 1998. A countywide sales tax passed in 2002, along with contract and state and federal funding, has in part funded a countywide DART service over the last 15 years. However, despite PARTA’s efforts to run efficiently and keep costs low, PARTA has seen a decline in revenue along with inflationary costs. Therefore, PARTA is now taking steps to redesign the DART service model to support ongoing service for Portage County residents by:
Reallocating Days/Hours of Operation
Service hours will be reallocated to support expanded days and hours of service, mirroring fixed route services: Monday-Friday 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Increase in DART Fares
|Medicaid (Contract with JFS or DD Board)||Free|
|Ticket Book General Public (10 Ride)||$30.00||$54.00|
|Ticket Book Reduced Fare (10 Ride)||$15.00||$30.00|
Utilization of Fixed Route System
Trips that have easy access to fixed route bus service and have pickup and drop off locations within .3 miles of a fixed route will no longer be eligible for DART service. Trips will still be eligible for DART if pickup or drop off locations are outside the 0.3-mile subject to service availability.
PARTA offers free travel training to help individuals and groups learn to use PARTA’s fixed route system. Individuals who attend the class for the first time receive a free 10-ride pass. (A list of upcoming classes is available on partaonline.org.)
PARTA encourages Portage County residents to attend the public hearings that have been scheduled. If residents are unable to attend, comments should be directed to PARTA at 2000 Summit Road, Kent, OH, Attention: Planning Department, via mail or fax at 330-676-6310. Comments can also be made online at www.partaonline.org.