Saturday, April 06, 2002

Transit program to get $983,000

By Lew Moores
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BATAVIA — Clermont Transportation Connection (CTC) will be given close to $983,000 this year by the state to help with operating and capital costs associated with providing more than 63,000 trips to county residents.

        The money is being awarded to the county by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) through the Rural Transit Program that enhances public transportation in rural areas of the state. ODOT administers the program, which involves both federal and state money.

        Melissa O'Farrell, mobility coordinator for CTC, said the program is designed to aid disabled and elderly residents, although anyone can make a reservation for a ride.

        About $219,000 of the ODOT money will be used to pay for four light transit vehicles for CTC, which operates a fleet of 24 vehicles, mostly vans and all handicap-accessible.

        Trips provide access to medical facilities, education, employment, shopping and recreation.

        Clermont has been receiving funding through the Rural Transit Program since 1979, Mr. Hackley said.

        The disabled, elderly, students and children ride at reduced rates. The regular adult fare is $3 for a one-way trip. The fares generate about $90,000 for the county. CTC has an operating budget of about $1.2 million.

        The service operates seven days a week, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. For dispatch and reservations, call 732-7433.


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