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As the demand for public transit increases and budgets shrink, the Ohio Department of Transportation is working to develop a strategy to bring the most efficient and cost-effective improvements to transit riders and taxpayers alike.

Travel trends show that there is a definite rise in the need for convenient, affordable public transportation to jobs, medical appointments, shopping and recreational activities. Our transit agencies are struggling to fund this existing service, let alone meet the increased demand.

Ohio supports a network of 28 urban and 33 rural transit systems designed to meet the needs of local communities.

From local light rail to bus service in large cities to rural van services, the Ohio Statewide Transit Needs Study will examine existing transit services, Ohio's demographics and travel trends to quantify transit changes that might be needed. Our goal is to develop a long term strategy to determine how to best stretch limited dollars while meeting the demands of Ohio's riders today and in the future.

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