Perrysburg transit plan in full gear PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 08:34
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PERRYSBURG - With only weeks to go before public transportation returns, the city is starting to rev its engines.
"They're moving right along," Municipal Administrator Bridgette Kabat said of Ride Right, the firm which will be providing transit service.
Ride Right, based in St. Louis, provided temporary transportation in the city last fall until the failure of a 1.45-mill levy caused them to pull out. The company has never been far from the thoughts of council, which spoke of bringing them back if financial conditions improved.
With the approval of a new 0.8-mill transit levy on May 7, the company has returned in force and is getting ready to provide service.
"They're scheduled for July 1. They're hoping it could be sooner," said Kabat.
Just a week after council approved a contract with Ride Right, the company had already set up shop at Perry's Landing on West Indiana Avenue, the same place where their offices were located last fall.
Kabat said the company was able to bring back or re-hire several people that they had on board at that time.
"I think they're recruiting a few more people and they'll be training them. So they're moving pretty quick."
"They got a couple of the vehicles up here," she said later. "They're just waiting to be stickered once we pick some graphics."
The new service is expected to include ADA-paratransit, call-a-ride, and limited commuter options. An official release indicating the times of operation is expected in the next few weeks.
Jack Hoefplinger, head of Go Perrysburg, a grassroots organization that supports the city's transit efforts, and was instrumental in the passage of the levy, said "we're just going to help out where we can."
Go Perrysburg, he said, plans to assist with publicity for the service, and will keep and maintain its website as an informational hub.
Additionally, the group's successful Neighbors-Helping-Neighbors volunteer driver service will continue for the time being, with new Volunteer Coordinator Ed Hoover at the helm.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 08:39
 

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