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Perrysburg gets another shot at public transit

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PERRYSBURG, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The May election is just about a month away, and that means Perrysburg residents will be faced with the chance to vote for public transportation a second time.

They opted out of TARTA last year, then turned down a replacement levy after that.

"It's like Perrysburg jumped back to the 1950s, when they had maybe one bus and you had to go to Toledo to get it," said Joan O'Neal, a resident.

Some residents that relied on public transportation have been stranded since last March. In November, voters turned down a 1.45 mil levy that would have replaced TARTA.

This time around, city council members scaled back even more, and are putting forth a 0.8 mil levy in May.

"They took the fixed route out, it's just Dial-a-Ride now," said Sara Weisenburger, a committee member for Go Perrysburg. "We're down to what we really, absolutely need."

The fixed route would have stopped at key locations in Perrysburg, but now they will only offer a Dial-a-Ride service, which will pick up and drop off residents anywhere within the city limits. They will also take riders to two connection points – one at the Maumee Municipal Building and the other at Meijer in Rossford. Each ride will cost $1.

The 0.8 mil levy will cost the owner of a $200,000 home only $4 a month.

If approved, the Dial-a-Ride service will be available Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

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