Akron, Ohio is a vibrant city with plenty of public transportation options for its residents. The Metropolitan Regional Transit Authority (METRO RTA), also known as the Akron Metropolitan Regional Transit Authority, is the public transportation agency that serves Summit County, Ohio and the city of Akron. METRO RTA provides bus routes that serve downtown Akron and its neighborhoods. These routes are funded by taxes on motor vehicle fuel consumed in Ohio that exceeds fuel purchased and taxed in Ohio. GCRTA, a neighboring transportation agency, offers connecting services between Cuyahoga County, Ohio (Cleveland metropolitan area) and Akron METRO RTA.
SARTA Route 81 also reaches downtown Canton, Akron-Canton Regional Airport, the Belden Village Transit Center in North Canton, Ohio, and the public transportation hub (&) to Staples on Arlington Road, in Akron, from Akron and Canton. Figure 1 shows that the state of Ohio funds only 1 percent of total public transportation needs and contributes another 2 percent if all federal dollars for public transportation passing through the Ohio Department of Transportation are included. METRO RTA provides a variety of services to meet the needs of its riders. These services include fixed-route bus service, paratransit service for people with disabilities, express bus service to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, and a variety of other services. METRO RTA also offers a variety of discounts for seniors, students, veterans, and people with disabilities. METRO RTA also offers a variety of programs to help riders save money on their fares. These programs include reduced fares for seniors and people with disabilities, free rides for veterans on Veterans Day, and discounted fares for students.
METRO RTA also offers a variety of special events throughout the year to help riders save money on their fares. In addition to providing public transportation services, METRO RTA also works to improve the quality of life in Akron by providing access to jobs, education, healthcare, and other essential services. METRO RTA works with local businesses to create jobs and provide access to job training programs. METRO RTA also works with local schools to provide access to educational opportunities. METRO RTA is committed to providing safe and reliable public transportation services to its riders. The agency has implemented a variety of safety measures including enhanced security cameras on buses and at transit centers, increased police presence at transit centers, and improved lighting at transit centers. Public transportation is an important part of life in Akron.
METRO RTA provides dependable and secure public transportation services that help residents get where they need to go. With a variety of discounts available for seniors, students, veterans, and people with disabilities, METRO RTA makes it easy for everyone to take advantage of public transportation.