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Ohio Loves Transit—that’s why state lawmakers invested $105 million in state transit system funding. Area agencies will be celebrating that investment and highlighting how transit is the strong economic engine of communities through the Ohio Public Transit Association’s (OPTA) Ohio Loves Transit Week from Feb. 10-14, 2020. During this week, participating local transit agencies will be highlighting how their systems are enhancing mobility for all around the state and spurring economic development through job access.
Ohio Loves Transit week will include activities with transit customers all week, peaking on Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14, with the third annual “Ohio Loves Transit Day” celebration. On that day, OPTA agencies from across the state—Columbus to Lancaster, Akron to Cincinnati—will ask riders to share why they support public transit, and why our state and federal leaders should, too.
Transit drives Ohio’s economy, with national statistics showing that every $1 invested in public transit generates $4 in economic return. Whether it’s getting to area shopping centers, local airports, libraries, parks, bike trails, or countless other leisure time destinations—Ohio transit can get you there.
Greene CATS Public Transit is striving to meet the daily mobility needs of Greene County’s growing senior population, along with keeping up with the capital need to move workers, students, and those without access to their own vehicles. Greene CATS provides more than 126,340 rides per year, including more than 36,815 rides for seniors and people with disabilities.
Greene CATS Public Transit will use the increase of $150,000 for SFY2020 to partially fill the $480,000 annual funding gap created by the loss of service for Developmentally Disabled (DD) riders in early 2019 due to regulatory and provider changes. Along with federal funding, contract revenue, and cash reserves the increase will allow Greene CATS to continue providing their remaining services at current levels to DD riders who work in the community and disabled, elderly, and low income individuals for trips to work, medical appointments (including substance abuse), social services, and shopping. Greene CATS also provides accessible transportation for federal workers employed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) and for Greene County veterans who receive services at WPAFB and the Dayton VA Medical Center.