TARTA: Moving forward

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Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority — TARTA — has been moving forward with the Toledo region since 1971. With over 30 interconnected routes carrying 3.1 million passengers per year in and around the Toledo area, TARTA serves the communities of Maumee, Ottawa Hills, Rossford, Sylvania, Sylvania Township, Toledo, and Waterville.

College students and faculty ride TARTA to connect with several different Toledo-area colleges and universities including the University of Toledo — all area campuses, Owens Community College, Lourdes University, Mercy College of Ohio, Davis College, Heidelberg University at Arrowhead Park, Herzing University, Professional Skills Institute, and Stautzenberger College. Owens Community College students ride free from downtown to both its Learning Center Downtown Toledo and Toledo–area Campus.

TARTA fare is $1.25 per person; 60 cents for persons with disabilities and senior citizens age 65 and over. Children under age 6 ride free with an adult.

With monthly, unlimited ride passes for just $50, TARTA riders can save a lot of money on their transportation costs by using any of TARTA’s eight Park-N-Ride locations throughout the Toledo area. Households that take public transportation, and live with one fewer car can save hundreds— even thousands — of dollars per year.

All TARTA buses are equipped with lifts or ramps making them 100 percent wheelchair-accessible. TARTA also has bike racks mounted on the front of all of its buses holding two bicycles independently.

TARTA’s curb-to-curb Call-A-Ride service operates in Maumee, Ottawa Hills, Rossford, Sylvania, Sylvania Township, and Waterville. Passengers may connect to and from TARTA regular line service and other nearby Call-A-Rides.

For persons with disabilities preventing them from using regular TARTA buses, there’s TARPS. TARPS operates in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and covers the same service area as TARTA. Registered TARPS users may ride TARTA regular line and Call-A-Ride services free of fare.

TARTA Game Shuttles offer Park-N-Ride service from several area locations for all Mud Hens baseball games at Fifth Third Field and Walleye hockey games at Huntington Center. Fare is $1.25; no game ticket is required to ride. Return trips leave twenty minutes following each game’s conclusion.

TARTA Tracker uses predictive technology to help you locate nearby stops, access real-time route information, tell you exactly when your bus will arrive at your stop, and alert you of any interruptions or delays in your schedule. Service is available on desktop and laptop computers and mobile devices. TARTA Tracker is also accessible by calling TARTA customer support at 419-243-RIDE weekdays, 6 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; and holidays, 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit TARTAtracker.com for details.

Every year, public transportation reduces our nation’s carbon emissions by 41 million tons—equivalent to the electricity used by 4.9 million households. In fact, riding public transportation is one of the most significant actions one can take to reduce their household carbon emissions. Commuting on public transportation can reduce an individual’s carbon footprint by up to 4,800 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

For more information about TARTA and all its services, visit TARTA.com or call 419-243-RIDE.

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