Upcoming Online Public Meetings for Proposed Zero Fares
Even though its buses continued to roll, WRTA eliminated fares in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Riders had many challenges during the pandemic and WRTA wanted to help. Free fares made it easier for riders to get to their jobs, grocery shopping and medical appointments.
The positive response to the free fares has inspired WRTA to propose a permanent ZERO FARE policy. As the Valley recovers from the impact of the pandemic, zero fares will continue to attract Valley residents who depend on public transportation.
This new proposed policy will have a positive effect on the local economy as even more Mahoning and Trumbull County workers and residents have access to reliable transportation to their jobs and shopping.
It’s also important to note that the cost for machinery and labor for fare collection, counting and processing often exceed the income from fares.
WRTA is holding virtual public meetings to gather input from the public on this proposed permanent zero fare policy.
You can gain access to the meetings on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, by using the links below.
Public Meeting Date/Times:
Tuesday, September 21, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (EDT)
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/338262813
You can also dial in using your phone: United States (Toll Free) 1-866-899-4679
Access Code: 338-262-813
Tuesday, September 21, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (EDT)
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/384869869
You can also dial in using your phone: United States (Toll Free) 1-877-309-2073
Access Code: 384-869-869
You can submit your opinions and comments by returning to this page and using the form that will be available during the virtual meetings and for a period of 24 hours after each meeting.