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Metro RTA proposes route changes for fall; meetings scheduled to inform public

By Dave Scott
Beacon Journal staff writer

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Metro RTA’s proposed fall route changes include shortening its most popular route along West Market Street, eliminating a stopover on Flight Memorial Parkway in Copley Township and extending service to Norton Plaza.

Metro will provide details about the proposals and answer the public’s questions at a series of public meetings beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center, 631 S. Broadway, Akron.

The proposals include ending Route 1 along West Market Street at Smith and Ghent roads near Summit Mall and rerouting the Montrose Circulator to connect with that new stopping point.

Currently, Route 1 and the Circulator link on Flight Memorial near several restaurants. That stopping area has no sidewalks nor shelter.

The Circulator would continue to follow a loop to many popular stops in the Montrose area.

RTA Route 8 to the Kenmore/Barberton area would gain weekend evening service on the existing route to Norton Plaza on Norton Avenue, improving access to Stark State College.

The North County Call-A-Bus demonstration would be expanded to between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. and include service south of Twinsburg Road.

Call-A-Bus service would be introduced in Coventry, New Franklin and Green in an area bounded by Manchester Road on the west, Interstate 77 on the east, state Route 277 on the north and the Summit County line to the south.

Other changes are proposed for the North Coast Express and Routes 111, 101 and 31. Additional details can be found with a fact sheet attached to the version of this story on Ohio.com.

Dave Scott can be reached at 330-996-3577 or davescott@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow Scott on Twitter at Davescottofakro.


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