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Medina County Public Transit to transport MCBDD clients

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Medina County Public Transit has entered into a contract with the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities to start picking up many of its clients starting Monday.

MCPT director Mike Salamone said seven or eight new riders will be transported every week. Some riders need to be transported Monday through Friday since they work at the Achievement Center on Windfall Road in Granger Township.

In his latest report, Salamone said MCPT has made 18,957 trips so far this year. That’s down 5.6 percent compared with a year ago.

Salamone said county commissioners recently slashed 100 service hours. “That’s why we’re down,” he said.

Fixed routes for the year to date are down 15.4 percent from 2015. Fixed routes are regular pickup times from Point A to Point B. However, on-demand trips are up 0.8 percent from 2015. On-demand trips, for example, are curb-to-curb service for clients needing to go to a doctor appointment.

Total ridership for April this year was 4,534 trips, including 3,094 on demand. Compared with April 2015, ridership was down 9.8 trips.

MCPT is working on a merger with the Brunswick Transit Alternative. Brunswick Service Director Paul Barnett presented information on the merger to Brunswick City Council’s Services, Utilities, Technology and Cable Committee on May 12. For now, the merger talk is on hold.

BTA has made 10,357 trips to date this year, a decrease of 5.8 percent from the same period in 2015. Ridership in Brunswick also was down in April when it made 2,841 trips. That was a decrease of 4.8 percent from April 2015.

Salamone said if the merger happens, more funds would flow into the MCPT.

He said MCPT has 20 vehicles in its fleet, mostly the short buses that hold up to 16 people and two wheelchairs.

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