Increased fares for COTA and Lorain County

7 01 2012

A new year brings the occasional fare increase.  This year we find increases at COTA and Lorain County Transit.  Fares will go from $1.75 to $2.00 for a local bus ride.  In Lorain County, the fares will go up to $2.85, which I believe is the highest in the state for routed bus service.  Unfortunately, it looks like more increases for upcoming years.

For good news, there is expanded service for Greater Cleveland RTA and day passes available for Greater Dayton RTA.

Also, we have created a permanent (and hopefully updated) list of fares across the state.

Happy belated New Year!


Greater Dayton RTA to offer one-day passes

6 11 2011

This week, Greater Dayton RTA proposed that they were going to start selling daily passes next year. I thought I would look into what transit services offer daily passes.  This led to the chart below.

*As a disclaimer, I wouldn’t put too much into the actual prices of fares.  I would say that comparing smaller transit services with the larger agencies will lead to noticeable price differences.  In the larger agencies, the rider is getting more service for his or her money, which is often more than a smaller transit service. Also, COTA and SORTA have varying pricing structures (in Cincinnati they are called zones).  To make the chart easier, I only included the fares for the smallest region.  (Local in COTA and Cincinnati for SORTA).  Clicking on the agency name will take you to the fare price structure page.

Unless you are planning on traveling all day, making three or four stops, several hours apart, buying two single fares should be cheaper than buying a daily pass.  This only makes sense as a business. A few transit agencies (Akron Metro and SARTA) make it easy on the rider by simply pricing the day pass as twice a single fare.  It gets a little bit more complicated if the transit agency charges a fee for transferring.  Currently, this might be a benefit for buying a one-day pass with GDRTA, who charges a nominal .25 fee for transfers.  Buying an All-Day pass would avoid having to deal with planning transfers.

A third factor that would be useful in determining a price for All-day passes , which I won’t go into much, is the hours of operation of the agency.  If buses only run from 7 am to 6 pm, there is much less opportunity to use more than 2 rides.

Overall, if logistically possible, the one-day pass is a good idea.  For outsiders (travelers and locals who typically don’t use transit), a one-day pass is very welcoming in setting a one-time fee.  Depending on the economics of pricing a pass, it may not be used by frequent riders, but it is nice to have.

Fare Transfer Daily Monthly/31 Senior
Akron Metro $1.25 $2.50 $50.00 $0.50
Allen RTA $1.00 Free $34.00 $0.50
COTA $1.75 2 hours $4.00 $55.00
GCRTA $2.25 2 hours $5.00 $85.00 $1.00
GDRTA $1.75 $0.25 $5.00 (coming soon) $55.00 $0.85
Laketran $1.75 Free No No $0.75
LCT $2.35 Free $5.00 $94.00 $1.15
RCT $1.50 Free $40.00 $0.75
SARTA $1.50 $3.00 $45.00 $0.75
SCAT $0.75 $0.25 $55.00
SORTA $1.75 $0.50 No $70.00 $0.85
TARTA $1.00 none $40.00 $0.50
WRTA $1.25 $0.25 No $42.00 $0.60

Riverside talking bus shelters

10 05 2011

This seems like a win-win opportunity for the Dayton suburb of Riverside.  Using a grant program, Greater Dayton RTA will fund 80 percent of the cost of installing coordinated bus shelters.  It is nice to see that business owners are supposedly on board.

from Dayton Daily News

No Bus Stops at Fairfield Commons, for now

3 04 2011

To follow-up on a previous story, Beavercreek City Council voted 6-0 to not allow three bus stops to be added to Route 1 near the Mall at Fairfield Commons.  This opinion by Ellen Belcher makes several interesting points about expanding transit stops.  I still cannot believe there is not an RTA bus going to the mall.

from Dayton Daily News

New bus stop at mall delayed in Beavercreek

24 03 2011

Here is an opinion about a proposed bus stop(s) being added to the Fairview Common shopping area of the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek.  It looks the city council is avoiding making a vote.  I’m surprised that there is not currently better transit service to this major shopping center, as it sounds like current riders are in for a long, unpleasant walk.

from Dayton Daily News

Dayton RTA feels pain of gas prices

12 02 2011

As the main mode of transit in Ohio is the automobile (or bus), increased gas prices will always make an immediate impact.  This article talks about Greater Dayton RTA’s potential troubles (along with several school systems).  It is estimated that RTA may spend an additional one million on diesel fuel for this year (from $4.2 to $5.2 million).

from Dayton Daily News


State Funding Changed Lower

12 02 2011

Remember a few weeks ago when it seemed like all Ohio transit agencies were in good financial standing; pledging to not raise fares, cut routes, and even expand service. Some of this in now in question, now that the new administration has made cut-backs to proposals made by Strickland.  (His adminitstation proposed $150 million in funding to transit over three years).  This number was cut from $50 million a year to $40 million in 2011, and $20 million in 2012 and 2013.  I guess it is still better than nothing.

The following links tell the story.

Greater Dayton RTA

COTA – This article also mentions that Ohio will not compete in the future.  I mean, the state will not seek participate in new high-speed rail funding proposed this week.

Greater Cleveland RTA