WADSWORTH: A fixed-route public transit system with 12 stops in Wadsworth will be in place by Jan. 6, officials with Medina County Public Transit told city residents Wednesday.
MCPT services Wadsworth now, but only on an appointment basis.
A public meeting on the issue at Wadsworth City Hall attracted a sizeable audience of residents interested in using mass transit, along with city Service Director Chris Easton, Planning Director Jeff Kaiser and Nancy Likens, director of the Soprema Senior Center.
Michelle Mederer, road supervisor for the transit system, outlined the plan and answered questions from the audience.
A map showing the 12 proposed fixed stops was distributed: Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital, The Towers, Altercare, Soprema Senior Center, Lowe’s, Kohl’s, Fresenius Medical Care, MC Sports, Giant Eagle, Walmart, Buehler’s and White Oak Village.
During the discussion, Easton proposed adding stops at Hometown Market and the Wadsworth Public Library. Likens suggested Menwa Apartments as another stop.
Mederer said the buses will run six days per week with one bus traveling the circuit clockwise and another counterclockwise. A bus would pass each stop every 15 to 20 minutes.
Mike Salamone, the transit system’s director, said a three-year grant initially will help fund the fixed route. He said with fixed routes more people are expected to use the system.
“The main goal is to serve the people,” Medina County Commissioner Steve Hambley said.
Easton said the city’s Senior Citizen Commission supports the proposal.
Fees will be $4 for an all-day pass and $1.50 for a one-way trip. Salamone said reduced rates will be available for those who qualify.
A second public meeting on the issue is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Soprema Senior Center, 617 School Drive.
More information on the transit system can be obtained at www.medinaco.org/transit/index.html.