YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Western Reserve Transit Authority plans to add more bus trips around Mahoning County.
Starting September 6, all routes will have hourly service, which will add an extra 56 trips to the 300 weekday trips on the WRTA’s schedule, and will offer double the number of trips on Saturdays.
“We already serve the targeted areas, but riders told us they needed more frequent trips. Previously, some had to wait two hours for service. But now, all of our routes will have service every hour,” said James Ferraro, executive director of the WRTA.
The service increase is Phase 3 of the WRTA’s Revamp and Upgrade Plan. Phase 1 was assessing needs and upgrading systems, Phase 2 included replacing the WRTA’s fleet of vehicles and Phase 3 is increasing service to provide more trips.
Anyone can ride the bus, at rates as low as 60 cents per trip. Many WRTA riders have no other means of reliable transportation, according to the WRTA’s press release, so they ride the WRTA to get to work, for medical appointments and for shopping. Students also rely on the WRTA to get to school.
Information about WRTA services, including the newly revised route schedules, is available on their website.