When walking, biking or driving a car won’t work, I’m pleased to report that your transit options in Kent are growing. In recent weeks I’ve had an opportunity to hear a presentation from PARTA announcing their new bus routes that are significantly increasing bus service to and from downtown Kent and Kent State University, as well as other retail locations like grocery stores. And for those late night revelers, a Kent State graduate has started a new van taxi service, called Go2Go, that also offers a safe trip home when you need it.
Our Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (aka PARTA) has been busy. This summer they redesigned some of their routes to better match-up with where people are and where they want to go. They’ve posted all their routing information on-line with their recently redesigned website:
The re-routing was a great example of listening to their customers. You will see more service to and from grocery stores, and more service between Kent State campus and downtown. More service means less time waiting for the bus and more options for where you want to go. As a person in the business of public service, I’m very impressed with the work PARTA has done on behalf of its customers.
See for yourself — or better yet, ride for yourself. And remember it only costs $1.00!
If you’re looking for something a little more personal than the bus, there’s a new business in town called Go2Go. This young entrepreneur is looking to fill a late night transportation niche where his company will make sure you get home safe from one of Kent’s many watering holes with a door-to-door service for $2 using a van.
This service keeps drunk drivers off the road and out of backyards as they stumble their way back home through the neighborhoods. Sounds like a win-win to me. See what you think.