Expanded bus service to seven northern Summit County communities are among numerous changes Metro RTA plans for Monday.
Akronites also will see articulated or “bendybuses” on regular routes on Market and Arlington streets, and the system is adjusting all schedules for the new school year.
The Wednesday and Friday grocery bus schedules also have changed.
Dial-a-ride service will be available in Twinsburg, Twinsburg Township, Northfield Center Township, Macedonia, Reminderville, Sagamore Hills and Northfield Village. Riders must call the previous work day to summon a bus to their home, so today is the day to call 1-877-820-4710 for a ride on Monday.
Unlike Metro’s SCAT service, which is restricted to older and disabled riders, this service will be for anybody.
Fares will be $4 each way. The dial-a-ride service will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and will take passengers anywhere in the seven communities.
The bendybuses cost $750,000 each with 80 percent subsidized. The 60-footers carry 54 seated and 44 standing passengers compared with 49 today in the standard 40-foot buses. Because they bend in the middle, it is easier to make right turns.
The new schedules are available at www.akronmetro.org.
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