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Ohio Department of Transportation

Internet News Release

October 9, 2007

ODOT Keeps Older Ohioans and People with Disabilities Moving
Reduced Fares Offered Under Ohio Elderly and Disabled Transit Fare Assistance Program

COLUMBUS (October 9, 2007) Keeping the states more than two million older Ohioans active and moving, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is distributing $7 million to reimburse local public transit systems that offer reduced fares to the elderly and people with disabilities.

Across the state this year, ODOT will assist 53 local transit systems under the Ohio Elderly and Disabled Transit Fare Assistance Program.

Highlights from the list include:

  • Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) will receive $2,246,309
  • Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) in Columbus will receive $791,531
  • Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) in Cincinnati will receive $482,403
  • Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) will receive $141,360

To qualify, the public transit systems must provide a reduced fare - up to half the base fare price - to elderly riders and people with disabilities. Under the programs preset funding formula, ODOT uses state funds to offset the reduced amount.

Through more than a dozen transit-related efforts, ODOTs Office of Transit advocates continued personal mobility for all Ohioans, by supporting, coordinating and funding public transportation as a critical element of Ohios multi-modal transportation system.