Perrysburg Ride Right ready to roll PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 17 June 2013 09:24
PERRYSBURG - Public transit will be returning to the city next week.
Municipal Administrator Bridgette Kabat confirmed in an email that transit provider Ride Right LLC will be restarting their bus service on June 24.
Riders can begin to make reservations for the service Saturday by calling (419) 872-8430.
"The entire committee is very pleased that this came together sooner," said Rachel Johnson, a communications liaison with Go Perrysburg, this morning. The group is a grassroots organization that worked to bring transit back to the city.
The service will include call-a-ride, ADA paratransit, and limited commuter offerings.
Kabat indicated that she and Deputy Finance Director Tim Fisher will be looking over the operation on Thursday. Service was originally planned to start July 1, though hope was held out for an earlier start date.
The return of Ride Right, which provided temporary transit last fall after the departure of TARTA, will bring to a close a lengthy period of uncertainty for the city.
Perrysburg voted in March of 2012 to leave TARTA due to complaints about high taxes and a lack of service. Perrysburg paid roughly $1.3 million to TARTA annually.
A 1.45-mill levy was put on the ballot that year to pay for a new transportation service. Ride Right was contracted to provide temporary transport and to incorporate full-time offerings if the levy passed.
However, the levy was defeated by fewer than 200 votes on the November ballot, and Ride Right left at the end of that month.
A reformulated, 0.8-mill transit levy was placed on the ballot this May, and won with approximately 72 percent of the vote, enabling transit to start again. The levy will raise about $460,000 per year during its five-year run.
Kabat could not be reached for comment this morning.

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