Ridership is down with the Medina County Public Transit, shown here picking up residents at Applebee's on Tuesday.
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The Medina County Public Transit saw a double-digit percentage drop in ridership this year, transit director Mike Salamone said.
“Year to date, MCPT ridership is down 10.97 percent (in) trips compared to 2015,” Salamone said Tuesday at the county commissioners meeting.
The Brunswick Transit Alternative had a 5.58 percent reduction this year, the director added.
County Administrator Scott Miller said Tuesday the county is going to move forward with the merger between the Brunswick Transit Alternative and Medina County Public Transit.
The final draft will be presented to the commissioners at their 9:30 a.m. meeting Dec. 28. Brunswick is expected to approve the merger proposal Tuesday.
The merger would be effective Jan. 1.
Commissioner Adam Friedrick said last week the bus system needs to search for additional funding.
“After 2018, we have to have a contingency plan,” he said. “This will give us two years to figure out where we have to be.”
Salamone said Tuesday he has secured two grants for 2017 MCPT services.
First, the agency will get $57,029 from the state through its Urban Transit Program.
A second state grant, from the Ohio Transit Preservation Partnership Program, is for $300,922, Salamone said. “The project includes funding of three buses and one van,” he said.
The local match for the second grant is $60,198, which is to be covered by a state transit development credit program, he said.
Contact reporter Marina Malenic at (330) 721-4063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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