NEORide receives funds to improve Ohio transit

NEORide receives funds to improve Ohio transit

Recently, Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio announced the Department of Transportation has awarded a $1,493,313 Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment grant and a $338,600 Enhanced Mobility Innovation grant for NEORide. Both grants will support NEORide’s efforts to develop a multi-agency mobility system and call center to improve service for Ohioans.

“Ohioans need to get to doctors appointments, go to the grocery store and get to work, yet transportation is a challenge for many, particularly our seniors and others who cannot drive,” Brown said. “This federal investment will help NEORide and Ohio transit agencies provide better service for riders across Ohio.”

“NEORide is excited to partner with the FTA and our transit partners to develop the EZConnect mobility center, which will allow for regional coordination and expand transportation options for Ohioans,” NEORide President Ben Capelle said. “This center will eliminate jurisdictional barriers and improve access to healthcare, jobs and education. We appreciate U.S. Sen. Brown’s continuous support for our grant applications to modernize and expand public transit in Ohio.”

The call centers will be based in Northeast and Southwest Ohio at one or more transit locations and fulfill the call-taking, scheduling and customer-service needs for multiple partner transit agencies and other potential nonprofit and for-profit transit partners. Transit agency partners include the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority, Western Reserve Transit Authority, Wayne-Medina Community Action, CAA of Columbiana County, Trumbull County Transit, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority and Butler County Regional Transit Authority.

The EMI funds are provided by USDOT Federal Transit Administration. Brown serves as the chairman of the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, which oversees FTA.