Residents can ‘Make The Connection’ with new shuttle service

The Community Action Agency of Columbiana County will test a new shuttle service out in the Calcutta-East Liverpool area for the remainder of 2019 as part of a pilot program starting July 1.

Shari Green, the agency’s transportation director, said that the program has been in the works for a few years now and recently implemented after the input of Deb Hill, mobility manager.

“We are using some of the shelters that we already had in place from our fixed routes in East Liverpool,” Green explained. “There definitely is a need for this. This is something that the community has asked for.”

CAA expanded its utilization of its public transit funds received from an Ohio Department of Transportation grant to make this program possible.

The shuttle’s 90-minute regular route includes 13 stops at Todd Sparkle Market, 1616 Pennsylvania Ave. East; Woodland Hills, 417 Wilbert Ave.; downtown East Liverpool Giant Eagle, 619 Bradshaw Ave.; Hot Dog Shoppe, 320 Market St.; East Liverpool city hall and police department, 126 W. 6th St.; Fawcett Apartments, 325 Moore St.; Heights Manor, 325 N. Shadylane Drive; WalMart plaza, 16280 Dresden Ave.; Calcutta Woods Apartments, 15172 Sprucevale Road; Highlands Apartments, 15511 Summit Drive; Calcutta YMCA, 15655 state Route 170; Aldi’s, 15849 state Route 170; and Calcutta Giant Eagle, 15937 state Route 170.

“We have had a lot of support from the (Mayor Ryan Stovall’s) office and the community in putting this together,” Green explained.

Exact cash only is accepted for fares, which cost $1 each for ages 12 and older (except senior citizens and disabled, who pay 50 cents). Children ride free with an adult fare. In the case of scheduled deviations from the route, fares are doubled.

All shuttles are wheelchair accessible.

The brochure also notes that all child safety seats must be properly secured.

The shuttle runs from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays (Mondays through Fridays) with no stops after 8 p.m. at Hot Dog Shoppe, East Liverpool City Hall and any Calcutta locations besides Giant Eagle. Plans are for the full schedule to be posted at every stop and published in newspapers at a later date, she said, adding individuals needing more information call call 330-424-6666 during regular business hours.

Safety seats will not be provided. Rides will be refused for children without the property safety seat. Children ages 4 and 8 may use either a booster seat, properly secured, or sit directly on the bus seat with the lap belt provided.

Grocery bags and service animals are welcome, although they are not to be left on the vehicle nor the driver help you transport them on or off the shuttle.

The mayor’s office has scheduled a formal ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. July 11 in front of city hall making the shuttle service official.

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