TARTA restores Sunday and holiday services

TARTA restores Sunday and holiday services
Published: Mar. 24, 2022 at 5:52 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - We are just a few days away from the return of TARTA service on both Sundays and holidays. Those services were cut in 2019.

TARTA leaders say this was the number one thing riders wanted back. Just before the election, switching TARTA funding to a sales tax, surveys were taken and meetings were held. TARTA says they listened and now it’s time to make it happen.

Transit service resumes Sunday and holiday service starting March 27.

“When our community, when so much momentum is brining international events we need to have all of our transportation infrastructure running. We don’t see the highways close on Sunday,” said Laura Koprowski, TARTA CEO.

When regular TARTA service didn’t run for the Sunday and Monday of the Solheim cup in Toledo last year, it was just another illustration of why Sunday service is needed. Plus, it’ll help people get to worship services.

“It is so important that these types of services are reinstated so that our parishioners can get back because they need uplifting, they need the spiritual uplifting,” said Rev. Willie Perryman, NAACP President.

Getting people to work is another goal accomplished. It’s something companies like Amazon requested, as their operation runs 7 days a week.

“Transportation is one of the biggest barriers right now to connect potential employees to employers,” said Sara Swisher of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce.

26 of the 28 routes will be running, in fact the hours will increase for Saturday as well.

For both days the first bus is 6:25 AM and the last one 8:20 PM. The whole idea is to transform TARTA into a modern, efficient transit system. With increased funding and new energy, Sunday service is expected to be just the beginning.

“With a reliable transit system in our community we can absolutely use that to be able to attract new businesses,” said Swisher.

“We want to have one of the best transportation systems in America,” said Rev. Perryman.

All rides for TARTA, which includes the Sundays and holidays, remain free.

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