Through the development of its new strategic vision, TARTA is embracing the changes in our community and exploring how public transportation will play a role as a critical resource for our region’s future. Following months of in-depth research, including local stakeholder input, current best practices in the transit industry and a look toward future trends in urban mobility, TARTA has prepared a number of recommendations designed to Move Toledo forward into the future of public transportation.


Technology Advancements

  • Launch app to accept fares via smartphone from debit/credit cards

  • Implement online scheduling for TARPS and Call-A-Ride

  • Incorporate alternative fuel sources for fleet (including propane- and electric-powered vehicles)

  • Explore opportunities to integrate autonomous vehicles as technologies advance

Service Introductions

  • Implement new Uber-like, on-demand service

  • Launch a van pool program to offer ride-share for residents who work in locations like Ann Arbor, Detroit, Findlay, etc.

  • Expand service throughout all of Lucas County, providing access to areas like Spring Meadows and Oregon

  • Lengthen service hours to better accommodate workers on all shifts

Core Improvements

  • Refresh brand to better reflect the future of TARTA

  • Update fleet to meet needs of evolving TARTA services

  • Completely restructure routes to create more efficient service in suburban areas, decrease the number of transfers required and increase frequency of buses

  • Shift funding model from property tax to sales tax to equalize transportation funding



Move Toledo Strategic Vision REVISED July 19, 2019

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Move Toledo SUMMARY REVISED July 19, 2019

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June, 2018

  • Launched a vanpool program through Enterprise

  • Announced $1.8 million grant for the exploration of autonomous vehicles

  • Entered contractual relationship with the University of Toledo to become the sole provider of on- and off-campus transit for students, faculty and staff

  • Began integration of Passio vehicle tracking system

September, 2018

  • Joined NEORide, a group of several transit systems, to collaborate on development of a mobile fare app

February, 2019

  • Renovation begins on the new centralized transit hub at 612 Huron Street

March, 2019

  • Resolution passed to begin process to eliminate downtown stations and antiquated downtown loop

June, 2019

  • EZFare mobile app launches, allowing riders to purchase bus fares from a mobile device