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Transit Driver Appreciation Day is March 18

Join WRTA in celebrating Transit Driver Appreciation Day on Saturday, March 18! Transit drivers make a great contribution to the community every day by ensuring passengers get to their destinations safely. WRTA drivers are dedicated to what they do and they deserve a heartfelt thanks!

Join us in celebrating our hard-working bus operators! Here are a few ways to express your gratitude:

  • Write a kind, personal note and give it to your bus operator
  • Say “Good morning” or “Good afternoon” when getting on the bus, and a “Thank you!” when getting off at your destination
  • Post a photo of yourself at the bus stop or relaxing on the bus, using #TDAD and tag @WRTA

Please say “Thanks!” to your WRTA driver on March 18 and every day of the year!

WRTA Kicks Off Second Annual “Give Small Business a Lift” Campaign

WRTA is rolling out its second annual “Give Small Business A Lift” campaign. Last year, more than 80 local businesses applied to win the twelve coveted spots as featured businesses for the campaign. The 2023 campaign is expected to be bigger and more inclusive than ever.

“Give Small Business A Lift” is designed to promote local small businesses — spotlighting twelve local businesses that exemplify the Valley’s entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic. 

“Small business is the backbone of our economy across the nation and especially here in the Valley. “ says Dean Harris, WRTA Executive Director. “WRTA is proud to provide transportation to the much of the workforce of these businesses and this campaign is our effort to give them the recognition and support they deserve.” 


Small businesses located in Mahoning County complete the short form below to nominate themselves. Nominations are accepted from March 13 through March 31.

A select group of three local community leaders who serve as co-chairpersons select the winners from the nominations. The twelve winners will be notified the first week in April. The featured businesses will be publicly announced and presented their awards at the kickoff event April 20 at Concept Studio in downtown Youngstown.


The twelve featured businesses be promoted on WRTA buses, its giant digital sign downtown, on social media, tv spots, digital and ads donated by The Business Journal.


During the kickoff event, two drawings will be held and one business will also receive a $3,000 TV advertising campaign donated by WKBN TV and one business will receive a $3,600 social media campaign donated by BOPsocial.com.

The three-month long promotion of the twelve featured businesses will begin April 30 to coincide with National Small Business Week and continue through July 30. 

WRTA encourages all small businesses in the county to apply — even if you applied last year and did not win one of the twelve featured business spots. 

Co-sponsors of the 2023 WRTA Give Small Business a Lift Campaign are The Business Journal, WKBN TV and BOPsocial.com.

Ready to Nominate Your Business?

Starting Monday, March 13 and ending Friday, March 31, you can nominate your business by filling out the form below. The businesses selected will be notified by email and announced on WRTA’s website and social media.



Route Changes Coming March 12

WRTA has made improvements to a number of its Fixed Routes to better serve the community. These routes include:

  • #11-Cornersburg
  • #14-Mosier
  • #15-Zedaker
  • #24-Midlothian Crosstown
  • #80-Lordstown

#81-Akron Express will be discontinued due to low ridership in 2022

The changes to these routes will take effect on March 12, 2023 and will be reflected in the Maps & Schedules section of the WRTA website and on the Mystop Mobile app.

The new route turn-by-turn information and maps can be found below —



Facing South in Federal Station

Right on Federal Plaza West

Left over Spring Common Bridge

Right on Mahoning

Left on Bella Vista

Right on Overlook

Left on Hazelwood

Right on McCollum

Left on Schenley

Left on Kirk

Right on Bears Den-Cont onto Hopkins

Left on Midlothian

Left on Arden

Left on Canfield Rd

Right on Meridian

Left on Kirk, Left at 2nd drive at Rulli’s parking lot pick up and drop off cont to next driveway


 Right on Kirk

Right on Meridian

Left on Canfield

Left on Schenley

Left on Bears Den

 Right on McCollum

Left on Hazelwood

Right on Overlook (135pm trip, turn right on Ridgelawn Ave instead to serve Chaney High)

Left on Bella Vista

Right on Mahoning- Left over Spring Common Bridge- Cont 5th Ave to Commerce

Right on Commerce- Right into Federal Station



Facing South in Federal Station

Right on Federal Plaza West

Right on Fifth Ave

Left on Rayen

Right on Federal St (422)

Right on Wirt

Left on Delaware

Cont. on Lafayette

Right on 422

Right on Burlington

Left on Robinwood-Left on Dupont-Right on Dearborn

Left on Beck St – Right on Temple (turns into Davis) – Right on Trumbull

Left on Belmont (Continue towards Liberty plaza)

Right on Delivery entrance (Alongside of Pizza Shop far west end of plaza)

Come around building

Right on Plaza drive heading towards exit by Arby’s

Right on Belmont

Left into Giant Eagle 2nd entrance go to stop sign (Drop off and pick up passengers)


Leave Giant Eagle

Left at stop sign- go to 1st entrance

Right on Belmont

Right on Trumbull

Left on Davis

Left on Beck St

Right on Dearborn

Left on Dupont-Right on Robinwood-Right on Burlington

Left on 422

Left on Superior

Left on Oakland

Right on Lafayette

Cont, on Delaware

Right on Wirt

Left on Federal St. (422)

Left on Rayen

Right on Fifth Ave

Left on Commerce Cont. to Federal Station



Facing north in Federal Station

Right on Commerce St

Right on Walnut St

Left on Front St

Right on South Ave                          (6:10, 7:10, 16:101 17:10 outbound trips divert to Poland Ave)

Left on E. Dewey Ave                      Right on Hadnet Dr

***Right on Zedaker St                   Right on Poland Ave

Left on Midlothian Blvd                  Right on E Dewey Ave RESUME @ ***

Right on 5th St

Left on Elm St

Slight left to continue onto Elm St

Right on Terrace St

Right on Poland Ave

Continue on Poland Ave

Right on Hamilton Blvd

Right on 5th St

Right on Manor Ave

Left into Struthers Plaza


 Exit Struthers Plaza

Left on Rita Dr

Left on 5th St

Left on Hamilton Blvd

Left on Poland Ave

Continue onto Poland Ave

Left of Terrace St

Left on Elm St

Right on 5th St

Left on Midlothian Blvd

Right on Zedaker St                          (6:35, 7:35, 16:35, 17:35 inbound trips divert to Poland Ave)

Left on Dewey Ave                            Left on Poland Ave

Right on South Ave                          Right on South Ave, resume at ***

***Left on Front St

Right on Walnut St

Left on Commerce St

Enter Federal Station


#24-Midlothian Crosstown


Starting at Hillman Way

Right on Midlothian Blvd

Right on Youngstown-Poland Rd

Right on US Hwy 224

Right on Tiffany Blvd

Left on Doral Dr

Serve Walmart

Cont on Doral

Left on South Ave

Right on Boardman Poland Rd (224)

Left on California Ave

Right at 4th entrance (by Tinseltown)

Cont to end of drive make a right

Stop at bus stop (By PNC Bank)


Leaving Southern Park Mall (By PNC Bank)

Continue to stop sign make a left

Right on Market

Right on Boardman Poland (224)

Left on Tiffany Blvd

Left on Doral Dr

Left on South Ave

Left on US HWY 224

Left on N Main St

Left on Youngstown-Poland Rd

Left on Midlothian Blvd

Left on Market St

Right on Hillman St

Right on Hillman Way



Facing south in Federal Station

Right on Federal Plaza West

Left over Spring Common Bridge

Cont on Mahoning Ave

Left on Edwards St

Right on Marshall St

Left onto I-680 North

Follow I- 80 West

Cont on I-76 W

Take exit 57

Right on Bailey

Left into HomeGoods parking Lot (Wait for 76-Lordstown Express for transfers)

Turnaround back towards Bailey turn right

Cont Bailey Rd

Right Mahoning Ave

Left into Macys parking lot to turnaround

Right on Mahoning Ave

Right on Bailey Rd

To Pur Foods


Right.on Commissioner Dr

Left Debartolo Dr

Left Mahoning Ave

Right on Bailey Rd to

To 76E cont to 80 East

To 680 South

Exit Glenwood Ave to Edwards to Mahoning to Federal Station


WRTA Is Hiring: Drivers & Mechanics Wanted

The Western Reserve Transit Authority has openings for Bus Operators and Mechanics.

Bus Operator

Must be capable of safely operating a transit passenger bus or other vehicle on fixed routes, countywide, and ADA all-access service. Must possess valid CDL with passenger endorsement. Must be able to work all shifts and Saturday as scheduled. Government pension instead of Social Security and many other great benefits

Full-time and part-time positions available.


Will be responsible for diagnostics & repair of Diesel engines, ABS/air brakes, suspension, transmission, electronic control systems and air conditioning. Must possess valid CDL with passenger endorsement or will train. Minimum 2 years mechanical experience. Technical training as a diesel technician or ASE Certifications preferred. Able to work all shifts. Government pension instead of Social Security and many other great benefits.

Full-time positions available.

Submit Applications

To apply for one of these positions, please submit your resume to:

Attn: HR
604 Mahoning Ave.
Youngstown, OH 44502
Or email to: dsoroka@wrtaonline.com

WRTA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Valley Valentines Winners

Congratulations to the 12 winners in our Valley Valentines promotion. Their special messages are being displayed for the rest of this month on the video screen above Federal Station in downtown Youngstown.

Ohio Loves Transit, and we love our WRTA riders!

To see your Valley Valentine, just click on it below.

WRTA Holiday Lights Campaign Wins National Award

Western Reserve Transit Authority (WRTA) has been notified its annual Holiday Lights campaign won First Place in a nationwide public transit competition for community educational initiatives.

WRTA’s Holiday Lights campaign competed with entries from all over the U.S. in the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) annual marketing and communications awards competition. APTA members include more than 320 public transit agencies, including New York MTA, the nation’s largest transit system.

“The Holiday Lights campaign was created to bring awareness of local non-profits and what they do for the community. “ says Dean Harris, WRTA Executive Director. “We are blessed to have so many caring organizations and people in the Valley. We wanted to spotlight their good works.” More than 30 local non-profit organizations have been spotlighted since the program began.

Each fall, WRTA invites non-profits organizations to apply for participation Holiday Lights campaign, which honors those who “light up the Valley all year long.” A mix of non-profits, small and large, are nominated each year. Twelve non-profits are chosen and honored at a special event near Thanksgiving. The winning non-profits are spotlighted on WRTA buses, TV and social media by WRTA and its sponsors all through the holiday season.

“The award from APTA is very much appreciated,” said Harris “But one of the reasons we entered the competition was to hopefully inspire other transit systems to conduct similar campaigns in their service areas also.The first place win will help us do that.”

Share ‘Who You Love’ With WRTA’s Valley Valentines Campaign

UPDATE: We have had a very strong response to our Valley Valentines promotion! The 12 individuals have been chosen and will be notified via email, and their Valentines will appear on our Federal Station video display. Thanks to all who participated, and Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours!

Ohio Loves Transit Week, a campaign of the Ohio Public Transit Association, is right before Valentine’s Day this year, so WRTA is celebrating by turning the tables and asking riders “Who do you love?”. You will be able to answer that question in a big way with a “Valley Valentine.”

A dozen lucky Valentines who fill out the form below, indicating to whom they want to send their love, will have a huge Valentine with their names created and shown on the giant video display that looms 35 feet above Federal Station in downtown Youngstown. In addition, the winning Valentines will be shared on WRTA’s website, social media and in a TV spot.

To be eligible to have your Valley Valentine shown on our Federal Station video display, fill out and submit the form below. 12 Valley Valentines will be chosen. Only one entry per person is permitted. Deadline to enter is Tuesday, February 7. Winners will be announced and contacted on Wednesday, February 8.

Be sure to indicate which one of the four designs you would like to use for your Valentine.







Submission Form

Christmas Eve and New Years Eve Fixed Route Schedules

WRTA riders should follow the schedule below for the last buses leaving on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24 and New Years Eve, Saturday, December 31.

The last buses leaving Federal Station will be 4:10 pm and 4:40 pm.

Departing Federal Station



28-Warren Express Warren 3:40 pm
27-Austintown Loop Austintown 3:40 pm
7-Glenwood Goodwill Apartments 4:10 pm
5-South to South & Midlothian 4:40 pm


Departing Southern Park Mall Destination Time
25-Boardman Canfield Loop Canfield Circle 3:44 pm
26-East Loop Assumption Nursing Home 3:55 pm
24-Midlothian Loop Walmart 3:20 pm

For more information, call 330-744-8431.

2022 Holiday Lights Winners Announced

A dozen local organizations that “Light Up the Valley” all year long were chosen to be featured in the 2022 WRTA Holiday Lights Campaign. The 12 were chosen from more than 50 nominations submitted recently.

The 12 spotlighted organizations will be featured in TV, social media, and signs on WRTA buses through the end of the year. A special drawing will be held during the kickoff event and one organization will also win a $3,000 TV advertising campaign.

The 2022 Holiday Lights selection committee was comprised of three local leaders who will also introduce the featured organizations. The committee included Holiday Lights co-chairs Vince Brancaccio, CEO of Help Network of NEO (Suicide/Crisis Hotline), Barb Ewing, CEO of Youngstown Business Incubator and Sydney Williams CDO of New Day Recovery/On Demand Healthcare.

The 2022 WRTA Holiday Lights Featured Organizations are:

Yellow Brick Place

Yellow Brick Place Cancer Wellness Center is the missing link” between a cancer diagnosis and the journey to recovery. Their mission is to offer support and education to cancer patients and those closest to them by providing individual services and group programs in Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana Counties. The organizations purpose is to nourish the mind, body, and spirit during the fight against cancer while providing an environment full of hope and understanding. They are the only cancer wellness center in the tri-county area and are there for everyone with any type of cancer.

All of their non-medical services, including beautiful wigs, are free. In addition to their wig program, Yellow Brick Place offers several services and programs for those struggling with cancer, their families, caregivers, and others in the community. These include fitness and nutrition classes, wellness therapies, an online resource center on their website, an in-person library, short-term counseling, support groups, guest speakers, a healing garden, and their beauty program. Not one cancer patient, caregiver, or family member will face this journey alone.

Youngstown Blue Coats

Youngstown Blue Coats (YBC) is a 501c(3) non-profit organization founded in 2017 with a mission to prevent freezing and injury to homeless and financially destitute individuals. YBC has a special concern for and focus on military veterans. YBCs mission is straightforward and simple; In America, nobody should freeze to death.” During winter, they address the gap between shelters and outdoor homeless camps. YBC depends entirely on volunteers; all time, transportation, fuel and other operational costs are provided by members and volunteers.

Donations accepted are primarily gently-used and needed material items, including warming items and sleeping mats and bags. Their goals include collection and distribution of these warming items to homeless individuals so that they can stay warm and dry.  They host fundraisers and donation drives to collect these items and to raise funds to support their goals of providing for homeless individuals. YBC is the only organization in its region within Eastern Ohio/Western PA that serves homeless veterans and other homeless.

In recent years (2020-present), numbers of homeless continue to increase due to the pandemic and thus numbers of those who need YBC’s assistance increase annually. During their 2021/2022 year, they provided warming items and other assistance to approximately 2,500 homeless veterans and other homeless individuals.  The funds from last year’s (2021) grants and donations were instrumental in their services to the area’s homeless. In the future, YBC is eager to grow and expand in order to better serve their population.

Glenwood Grounds 

Glenwood Ground Café is a part of a ministry called Hope for Renewal.  It is a non-profit organization consisting of a Café Outreach, Community Outreach and a Worshiping Church Community.

The Glenwood Ground Café opened its doors on January 8, 2022 and serves the community by providing a place to gather, share life, and to experience the love of God lived out in dignity, love, listening, and service.  The café is open year-round and offers great coffee and a variety of homemade baked goods, breakfast casseroles, soups and sandwiches made daily at Glenwood Grounds. The passion and vision of the Café is to serve all of Youngstown but specifically called to serve our neighborhood which is the Glenwood Corridor on the Southside of Youngstown.

Glenwood Grounds / Hope For Renewal is located on  2906 Glenwood Ave.Youngstown, OH  44511 and they are open Tuesday – Saturday  7:00a.m. – 1p.m.

The Bummer Fund

The Bummer Fund has been in existence since 1994, when the founder, Dr. Anne McMahon – an owner of a cat named Bummer – gave a monetary gift to her vet Dr. Charles Sung and his clinic in honor of the wonderful care given to Bummer, after his passing. Dr. Sung had a dream of creating a special account to assist his clients on fixed or limited incomes when expensive medical care was necessary to save the lives of their pets. He used Annes gift as the foundation for this charitable account which was created in 1993, and initially called The Fund for Companion Animals”. It was granted nonprofit status a year later and the organization was renamed to honor Bummer. So far this year, The Bummer Fund has given almost $22,000.00 in grants to support the medical care for the pets of 22 local families.

The Bummer fund has two important missions: first, by providing substantial grants for veterinary costs that are out of reach for applicants, they are making a positive impact on the health of the community. They also see their fund as a kind of bereavement” service to donors. Many donations arrive as gifts in memory of a pet. This shines a light on the significant role the deceased animal had in someones life, hopefully helping with closure. It also means the life of the deceased pet will support the life of another pet, whose familys circumstances are not as fortunate.

Their website www.bummerfund.org – has more information, including how to apply for a grant and how to donate.

NAMI Mahoning Valley

 NAMI Mahoning Valley is the local affiliate of NAMI Ohio and the national NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) organization which is active in all fifty states as well as internationally.  Their mission is to provide support, advocacy and education to people of the Mahoning Valley dealing with mental illness.  They are active in both Mahoning and Trumbull counties with their main function being mental health support groups, education, awareness-raising and wellness support.  NAMI is a 501c 3 organization funded in part by both the Mahoning and Trumbull Mental Health and Recovery Boards.

All the services they provide to the community are free of charge to those participating and the generosity of the people of the Mahoning Valley through their fundraising efforts makes this possible. For a small non-profit, five employees and multiple volunteers, they have an impressive social media presence in the Valley with over 5,000 followers across various platforms. This helped them to gather over 600 walkers at their recent Annual Mental Health Walk on October 8th to help raise awareness of mental illness and rising suicide rates here in Ohio.

Cadence Care Network

Cadence Care Network is a non-profit agency focusing on the behavioral and emotional well-being of children and teenagers, as well as the treatment and placement of youth in compassionate and qualified foster care homes. They provide a continuum of outcome focused and family centered treatment services helping those we serve to live their best possible life.

2022 has been a monumental year for the agency. This summer they opened Cadence Coffeehouse & Creperie in Downtown Niles. This social enterprise offers job training and employment opportunities for the youth theyserve, while supporting programming that build resilient and strong young adults with any revenue generated by the endeavor. Through community sponsors and business proceeds they intend to annually employ and train 20 youth that are identified as at risk. These young people will receive job training and life skills training that can help them move on to great jobs in the community.

Cadence Care Network expanded throughout Northern Ohio this year by acquiring The Twelve, Inc. The move allows Cadence Care to assume responsibility for additional office locations in Massillon, Toledo, and Upper Sandusky, along with services in the Massillon and Toledo areas. This includes ten employees, as well as Foster Care and Behavioral Health services for approximately 90 kids annually.

Cadence Care was also chosen as a Care Management Entity (CME) in Trumbull and Mahoning Counties for the OhioRISE initiative from the Ohio Department of Medicaid. OhioRISE is the states first-ever integrated program to help children who have complex and serious behavioral health needs.

Gateways to Better Living

Gateways to Better Living serves individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties. They offer residential Intermediate Care Facilities, Waiver homes as well as Respite care. Gateway Industries has three-day programs —

  • Gateways Industries Main Campus which provides Day Habilitation and Vocational Habilitation Services,
  • The Gateways Galleria focuses on Day Habilitation Services
  • and the newest location The Village by Gateways that offers day habilitation and prevocational services.

Opened in 1972, Gateways has been a dedicated and committed provider in the Mahoning Valley for the past 50 years.  They have grown to suit the needs of the individuals they serve and expanded to provide new and innovated services to fit the needs of the community.  They strive to keep ahead of the curve and deliver original ideas and state of the art buildings designed to fit the needs of our growing Gateways family.

Gateways to Better Living’s goal is to provide quality care to the people of the valley. They pride themselves in being part of this great community and will continue to grow to support the needs of the people they serve. They promote independence and dignity for all of the members of the Gateways family and will continue to love and support each individual to best meet their needs.

Jewish Family and Community Services

Jewish Family & Community Services meets the social service needs of the community through diverse programs and services including guardianships, counseling, senior outreach, and home delivered meals.Over the last year, JFCS has collaborated with the Jewish Community Center to offer a series of Aging-Well programs that offer help with technology, grief support, caregiver support, and more. Once a month they also offer Lunch Bunch” to older adults. The programs are free and open to the general community.

Their highly successful mobile meals program has grown in the past couple of years. Grant funding allowed them to serve more than 225,000 meals during the pandemic and beyond. More grant funding is being used for further expansion, including free meal giveaways to Youngstown residents who meet certain eligibility requirements. They recently added a second full time counselor, as demand for their counseling services increased. Their counselors are highly experienced to work with individuals and families of all ages and backgrounds and they offer both in person and teletherapy sessions.

They also provide gift baskets for Passover and Rosh Hashanah to Jewish individuals and families in need. While helping individuals and families on a daily basis, they remain true to the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam. Jewish Family & Community Services staff are well equipped to help repair the world one individual and family at a time.

Alta Care Group

The mission of Alta Care Group is to support the social, emotional, behavioral, educational, and physical well-being of children, adolescents, young adults and their families.In the course of 45 years, Alta Care Group has provided care to tens of thousands of children and families in Mahoning County. Alta Care Group is the parent organization of Alta Behavioral Healthcare, a contract agency of the Mahoning and Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Boards; and Alta Head Start, Mahoning Countys provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services.In the past year, Alta Care Group has continued to grow, and worked to increase accessibility to the valleys children and families. Their Head Start division recently opened a new location at the downtown YMCA, and is completing the purchase and improvements to the building that houses their Head Start location on McCartney Road.

Their Behavioral Healthcare division will soon be moving into a new building purchased on Western Reserve Road in Boardman. With more office space, they will be able to serve more families in the Boardman, Poland, and Canfield areas, along with all other surrounding communities. Alta has also taken on a second building at the Mahoning Valley Campus of Care which will house its growing Early Child Mental Health Consultation Department and new Functional Family Therapy program. Finally, over the past year Alta has significantly expanded school-based mental health services in both Mahoning and Trumbull Counties — including its Linkages” Program which provides suicide prevention, mental health education, and suicide screening to students in many schools throughout Mahoning and Trumbull Counties.

Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp.

The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC) is a neighborhood planning and development organization with a mission to stabilize and revitalize neighborhoods throughout the Mahoning Valley. Since 2010, YNDC has developed expertise in implementing a broad spectrum of neighborhood revitalization programs, leveraging over $70 million in reinvestment in Youngstown’s neighborhoods to date. YNDC deploys a targeted and comprehensive community development model with the following components:

  • YNDC encourages and strengthens homeownership opportunities for homebuyers as a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency.
  • The Owner-Occupied Emergency Repair and Roof Replacement programs preserve and sustain homeownership for low-income owner-occupants by completing critical repairs to bring properties into code compliance.
  • The Strategic Acquisition and Rehabilitation program acquires and rehabilitates vacant homes strategically selected to maximize market impact; sets new standards of maintenance; and provides quality affordable and market-rate homeownership and rental opportunities in middle neighborhoods while creating jobs for valley residents on an in-house construction team.
  • Neighborhood Organizing to identify and address priorities of neighborhood residents.
  • The Vacant Land Reuse and Maintenance programs reactivate formerly derelict and blighted vacant land as stabilizing assets in neighborhoods citywide.
  • The organization also provides healthy living programming with the Glenwood Fresh Market that serves 2,000 low-income individuals with free fresh produce

YoFresh Foods

YoFresh Foods is a local small business that is growing deeper roots in the Valley. Partnering with with local non profits YoFresh Foods puts a fresh look into feeding people and kids all over Mahoning Valley after starting in 2019 at the Common Wealth Kitchen I

Boys + Girls Club of Youngstown

The Boys & Girls Club of Youngstown provides youth, ages six to 18, a safe place during out-of-school times throughout the school year and summer. The Boys & Girls Club provides access to free, healthy meals and snacks; and introduction to STEM, SMARTS, and Life Skills.

These 12 organizations will be honored at a special kick-off event on November 15.

Thank you to all who submitted nominations and congratulations to the winners!

WRTA Holiday Lights Campaign Honors Organizations That Light Up the Valley

This holiday season, WRTA is once again putting the spotlight on organizations that Light Up the Valley all year long with the 2022 Holiday Lights Campaign!

Nominations are now being accepted, awards will be presented at a special event November 15th. The honored organizations will be featured in TV, press, social media, and signs on WRTA buses through the end of the year.


This year, WRTA asked three community leaders who have been acknowledged for good work that has benefited the Valley to help produce the campaign as co-chairpeople.  The event co-chairs are:

Vince Brancaccio — Executive Director, Help Network of NEO (Suicide/Crisis Hotline)

Barb Ewing — CEO, Youngstown Business Incubator

Sydney Metzel— CMO, New Day Recovery/On-Demand Healthcare


To nominate your own organization or an organization that you can testify has done exceptional work in the Valley, just complete the short form below before 5pm on October 20, 2022. Nominate your favorite just once, more nominations do not help chances of selection.

Three Categories:

This year the nominations are divided into three categories (1) Non-profit, (2) public agencies (e.g. The Public Library) and (3) private companies who do good works


  • Nominations Accepted until 5pm on October 20, 2022
  • Award Winners announced and contacted on November 1, 2022
  • Kickoff and award presentation on 10:30am on Tuesday, November 15, 2022
  • Location: Concept Studio in Downtown Youngstown

Fill out the form below to nominate your organization

Thank you for submitting your Holiday Lights nominations. Winners will be announced and contacted soon. Please check our website and social media for a list of the winners.

WRTA Maps & Schedules

Maps & Schedules

WRTA provides daily service Monday–Saturday on 21 fixed routes and weekday evening service on 6 Nightline routes.

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