Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority — TARTA — has been the “Ride of Toledo” since 1971. TARTA has 30 routes and carries 3.1 million passengers each year in and around the Toledo metropolitan area. TARTA currently serves the communities of Maumee, Ottawa Hills, Rossford, Sylvania, Sylvania Township, Toledo, and Waterville.
TARTA fare is $1.25 per person; 60 cents for persons with disabilities and senior citizens age 65 and over. Children under 6 ride free with adult, limit of two. TARTA tokens are sold in quantities of 25 for $28.25. Weekly and monthly passes are available for $12.50 and $50, respectively; reduced fare senior/disabled weekly passes are $6.50; monthly passes are $25 to persons with disabilities and senior citizens age 65 and over.
All TARTA buses are equipped with lifts and ramps making them 100 percnet wheelchair-accessible. TARTA also recognizes the role of bicycles in riders’ commutes and has bike racks mounted on the front of all of its buses. Each rack holds two or three bicycles (adult or child) independently. There is no charge to use the bus bicycle racks.
For persons with disabilities that may prevent them from using regular TARTA buses, there’s TARPS — TARTA’s paratransit service. TARPS operates in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and covers the same service area as TARTA. Applications are available by calling TARTA at 419-243-7433. TARPS is available to qualified riders only.
Other TARTA innovations include a Call-A-Ride service in Maumee, Ottawa Hills, Rossford, Sylvania, Sylvania Township, and Waterville. Fare is o$1.25 per person; 60 cents for persons with disabilities and senior citizens age 65 and over. Call-A-Ride passengers may also connect to and from TARTA regular line service.
TARTA Call-A-Ride offers a more flexible schedule than fixed-route bus service and is designed to transport riders in and around their community. Hours of operation vary, but most Call-A-Rides operate seven days per week.
The popular TARTA Muddy Shuttle has service for all Mud Hens home baseball games at Fifth Third Field. Mud Hens fans leave from any of nine area Park-N-Ride locations one hour before home game time for a direct round-trip ride to Fifth Third Field entrance.
Fare for the Muddy Shuttle is $1.25 per person each way. No ticket is required to use the Muddy Shuttle. Return trips leave 20 minutes after the end of the game; or when post-game fireworks are featured, return bus trips leave 20 minutes after the fireworks.
Another summer pastime of which TARTA takes part is the Summer Reading Club presented by the Toledo-Lucas County Library. Students grades K-12 ride free of fare all summer long with round trips to their favorite branch within the TARTA service area.