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Brunswick Council OKs resolutions for transit merger


Brunswick City Council approved four resolutions Tuesday night to merge the city’s transit system with Medina County Public Transit.

Medina County commissioners will have the final say on the merger at their meeting today at 9:30 a.m.

At-large Councilman Brian Ousley was the lone member of Council to vote against the merger. He said he was concerned about the future of transportation services in general.

He also cited issues residents have brought up, such as pickup times.

The approved resolutions authorized an agreement with county commissioners to transfer the assets and operations of the Brunswick Transit Alternative to Medina County Public Transit.

There also is an agreement with the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority and county commissioners, a disbursement of public transportation funds from the Federal Transit Administration, and an extension of the city’s agreement with the RTA through Dec. 31, 2018, for the “251 Flyer” route.

The “251 Flyer” route has a pickup at Laurel Square and transports riders to Strongsville Park and Ride on Pearl Road and on to Cleveland.

“It’s been a long, difficult process to make this accommodatable for the city and the residents who use public transportation,” city Law Director Ken Fisher said at Tuesday’s meeting.

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