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Free transit rides for Valentine's Day in Medina County

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    Riders can use Medina County Public Transit free on Valentine's Day this year.

    BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE FILE

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MEDINA — Ohio Loves Transit Day will be celebrated on Valentine’s Day with free rides on all Medina County Public Transit’s fixed routes.

More than 3 million Ohioans rely on public transportation every weekday, primarily for work, according to a news release from the Ohio Public Transit Association, and there are 61 transit systems in the state.

At Tuesday’s county commissioner’s meeting, MCPT director Mike Salamone said there are two fixed routes in Medina, two in and Brunswick and one in Wadsworth that will offer the free rides Feb. 14.

The Medina and Wadsworth fixed routes normally cost $1.50 per ride — 75 cents for seniors and disabled riders. An all-day pass is $4. In Brunswick, it costs 50 cents per ride, and 25 cents for seniors and disabled riders.

Data Salmone presented Tuesday included:

  • Total year-to-date MCPT ridership for 2017 was 71,548 trips. This included on-demand ridership of 34,090 and fixed-route ridership of 37,458.
  • Total cost per trip for the year was $18.98 and the cost per mile was $2.58.
  • Total ridership in December was 5,832 trips, which included on-demand trips of 2,609 and fixed route trips of 3,223.

Salamone said some riders haven’t been paying to use the service, and others have tried to use passes that no longer are valid.

“You have to pay to continue to ride,” county Administrator Scott Miller said.

To keep rates low, Salamone said he hopes to get a Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority capital grant worth $600,000 later this year.

“This will continue to subsidize operations so we can keep our rates where they are,” Miller said.

Some of the grant, Salamone said, could be used to put cameras on buses to increase safety for the drivers and passengers.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.

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