Perrysburg to continue group for city transit PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 18 May 2013 08:06
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File photo. Jack Hoeflinger, chairman of the Go Perrysburg Committee, is seen signing letters of support in his home in Perrysburg, Ohio on March 13, 2013. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - Go Perrysburg is still going strong.
Despite the passage of a 0.8-mill transit levy on May 7, the committee is planning to continue its work in support of public transportation in the city.
"We've spent all this time establishing this network, so we're offering that to the city to get the word out about transit," said committee member Rachel Johnson.
The organization, formerly called Perrysburg-4-Transit, met Thursday to discuss its future involvement in the transportation process.
Among future action, Johnson said the committee is hoping to do an annual fundraiser to support the city's transit efforts.
The five-year levy, passed with nearly 72 percent of the vote, will raise about $460,000 annually, costing the owner of a $200,000 home around $4 per month. The new transit service, to be provided by St. Louis-based Ride Right LLC, is expected to include ADA paratransit, call-a-ride, and limited commuter options. At a recent meeting, council stated their understanding that they could get the new service up and running within 60 days.
Perrysburg has been without public transportation since the failure of another transit levy last November.
The city has reportedly been in contract talks with Ride Right since before the levy's passage, and was expected to meet with the company Friday in order to potentially put the matter on the agenda for Tuesday's city council meeting.
"Hopefully then we can have a clearer sense of the timeline," said Johnson.
Go Perrysburg also plans to keep up its website and maintain its network of members. Organizers have yet to decide what they will become of their Neighbors-Helping-Neighbors system, which proved successful in giving rides to those in need in recent months.
That program, said Johnson, is continuing now, but in a less formal manner, and they expect to have a better grasp on its future once plans for the new transit service take shape.
 

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