TARTA and TMACOG
seek Community Input for Local Transportation Plan
August 7, 2020:
The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA)
and Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG)
are working together to update the Locally Coordinated
Human Services Transportation Plan for the Toledo Urbanized
Area, which includes all of Lucas County, and portions of Wood
County and Monroe County, Michigan.
The plan’s purpose is to identify community resources for
transportation, understand the gaps and unmet needs, and to
develop strategies to address those gaps and unmet needs.
Critical to identifying the goals and strategies of this
transportation plan is community input. Currently a 10-minute
survey is available online, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LOCHSTP,
or by contacting Marissa Bechstein at 419.241.9155 ext.
1117 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The survey is open until Aug.
TARTA and TMACOG will also host a public meeting to discuss and
seek input on the plan on Aug. 27, 2020 from 6p.m. to
7p.m. Meeting details will be shared at www.tarta.com.
“There are many transportation resources in the Toledo
Metropolitan area and it is our goal to work with our partners
and stakeholders to fill the gaps and address the mobility needs
for our community as best as we can,” said Sean Smith,
TARTA senior planning associate. “By working together, we can be
more efficient, we can share more innovative ideas, and we can
build a more reliable and affordable transit network.”
According to Ms. Bechstein, TMACOG transportation planner, “In
order to have inclusive and reliable transportation, we must
identify gaps in existing transportation services. Our goal is
to coordinate with all private and public transportation
providers to create a seamless transportation system.”
Coordination of health and human service providers and public
transit has been demonstrated to reduce costs and increase
access to services for older adults, people with disabilities
and other transportation disadvantaged populations.