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TRIPS recognizes Ohio Loves Transit week

TRIPS recognizes Ohio Loves Transit week

Passengers on the TRIPS Fremont Shuttle can enjoy free rides on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

Free fare day is part of the statewide Ohio Loves Transit week, Feb. 11-17, which recognizes the importance of public transportation in serving riders and communities. Great Lakes Community Action Partnership’s (GLCAP) TRIPS service and Mobility Management program will host other events throughout the week, including Driver Appreciation Day on Feb. 12, and a special treat courtesy of the Cookie Lady in Fremont for Fremont Shuttle riders at 10 a.m. at Birchard Public Library on Feb. 14.

The Mobility Management team will also host their own version of “Cash Cab” on the Fremont Shuttle on Feb. 15, giving riders a chance to play, answer questions, and win prizes.

Last year, Ohio’s public transportation agencies provided more than 59 million rides throughout the state. In Sandusky County alone, TRIPS Public Transportation service provided 39,508 rides in 2023. Of this figure, 28,481 rides were through TRIPS’ demand-response service, and 11,027 rides were through the TRIPS Fremont Shuttle.

“We are grateful that so many people chose to ride TRIPS in 2023 and are always looking for new ways to improve their riding experience,” GLCAP Assistant Senior & Mobility Services Director Tim Bergeman said.

One major improvement last year was the addition of four shelters to the Fremont Shuttle route at the Community Health Services, Fremont Ross High School, Senior Center/Sandusky County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and Wal-Mart stops. The shelters were funded with the support of Sandusky County Creating Healthy Communities grants through Sandusky County Public Health and the Ohio Department of Transportation, and installed by the City of Fremont.

“Along with riders, we appreciate the support of our partners who recognize the role that public transit plays in keeping our community moving,” Bergeman said.

More information on TRIPS is available at www.glcap.org/trips, or by calling 419-332-8091.

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