Perrysburg transit in gear PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 09:17
Perrysburg Transit vechicles are seen in a parking lot near the transit headquarters in Perrysburg, Ohio. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - It's so far, so good for Perrysburg Transit.
The re-started public transportation system revved it's engines officially Monday, and all systems seem to be "go."
"Absolutely positively couldn't have been a better start-up," said Chris Leighty, Perrysburg Transit's general manager.
"Everything went off without a hitch. Everyone was on time and extremely happy to have transportation back in Perrysburg."
The service, run by St. Louis-based transit firm Ride Right LLC, currently offers ADA paratransit service as well as call-a-ride options. While a limited commuter service was originally envisioned, currently there is no such route in place officially, but Leighty said the service is open for all residents to use.
About 20 people made use of the service on Monday, which mimics the average ridership of 20 to 30 when Ride Right provided temporary service to the city last fall.
"We think it'll build again," Leighty said.
Currently three minivan-like vehicles are being used.
This is the first return of public transportation to the city since the end of November, when Ride Right was forced to pull out of the city after a 1.45-mill transit levy failed.
A five-year, 0.8-mill levy was overwhelmingly approved by residents in May, allowing the service to begin again.
Rachel Johnson, media liaison for grass-roots transit organization Go Perrysburg, said she too had heard positives from riders.
"I heard from a couple riders that everything went really smooth, and they were happy with the service, and everyone was in a great mood (Monday)."

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