SPARC offers free rides today

Transit rides will be free today to promote public transportation during a nationwide campaign to save money during high gas prices.
Sandusky Register Staff
Jun 16, 2011

Transit rides will be free today to promote public transportation during a nationwide campaign to save money during high gas prices.

Demand for the Sandusky Perkins Area Ride Connection has increased 30 percent from this time last year, said Tom Schwan, administrator for the Sandusky Transit System.

Dump the Pump Day aims to promote the two, one-hour bus routes that run throughout Sandusky, Perkins Township and Huron.

Ridership numbers have hit record highs each month this year, Schwan said, with about 7,400 rides in May and 29,900 for the first five months of 2011.

The Sandusky City Commission declared today Dump the Pump Day.

 

WANT TO RIDE?

• All transit rides are free today, and there will be an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the transit facility and Amtrak station, 1230 N. Depot St. Riders can enjoy free hot dogs and a chance to win a 30-day unlimited ride pass. The passes are also available for $50 at the transit facility.

• STS also offers a Dial-a-Ride, which deviates from normal routes. Riders may call 419-627-0740, preferably 24 hours in advance, to schedule a pickup.

• SPARC runs from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Children 5 and younger ride for free.

Comments

thinktwice

Hey let's make money and then give it away!

Then party at the Amtrak Station later! whew weee!

donutshopguy

Taxpayers are supplementing each ride at an approximate cost of $8.00. What's the difference if we give away another $2.00 per ride.

It's only more money coming out of all taxpayers pockets.

This is entitlement at its best.

DGMutley

Don't knock it, use it and make it viable.  What is it, $1 a mile to drive the car now?

007

Not unless your car gets 4 miles per gallon.

DGMutley
donutshopguy

 Sorry, I was estimating the cost per ride at $10.00 each based on last year's rider total of 100,000. The real cost based on Tom Schwan's numbers of 72,000 riders this year is  $13.88 per ride.

So the taxpaying public is subsidizing each ride by $12.88. Boy, that make me feel better. Not!

How long can we afford this entitlement?

Nor'easter

This is a great program that needs to be extended to the Commons of Providence and the rest of the west end to make the roads safer by getting more drivers off the road.

DGMutley

Hey Donut,

You don't wanna dump the pump?  They get this Sparc route tweaked this thing will go like gangbusters.