Save your money -- Ride the SPARC

Sue Daugherty
Mar 23, 2010

If you are trying to make your money go as far as possible, it might help if you try the SPARC -- Sandusky Perkins Area Ride Connection. It starts March 16.   

This is a fixed route that has a full variety of bus stops at popular destinations. It’s a one-hour loop that the Sandusky Transit System is implementing that will help people get to where they need to go -- without having to book in advance!     

Every hour starting at 6 a.m. until 9 p.m., the bus will stop at the following locations:

Fallen Timber Dr./Pioneer Trail - :00   (At the top of every hour.)

Scott St./Warren St. -                  :05

Franklin St./Adams St. -              :13

Harborview/Viewpoint Apt. -        :15

Madison St./Lawrence St. -          :18

Camp St./Monroe St. (7/11 store) :20

Camp St./Buchanan St. -              :23

Kroger Plaza -                              :28

Perkins Plaza  -                             :32

OVH/Strub Road -                         :35

Days Inn (across from the Mall) -   :37

Crossings shopping plaza -            :40

Walmart/Job Store -                        :45

Meijer -                                            :50

Sandusky Mall -                               :55

Back to Fallen Timber Dr./Pioneer Trail and the route starts all over again.

The cost is $1 per ride. It runs Monday through Saturday. Children age 5 and under ride for FREE. No reservations needed. Hop on and hop off at the stops. The exact fare ($1 bills or correct change) is required. The bus drivers don’t make change so make sure you have the right amount of money in the correct denomination before you board the bus.

If this new transportation service is used, it could develop into something bigger and better than we thought was possible for our small urban area.

So, please stretch a buck and use the SPARC!

Comments

NOTJUSTABYSTANDER

This still cheats the SENIORS IN ERIE COUNTY!! They who are lower incomed have to pay $1.50 per ride or $3 round trip to go to the Dr or the store or anywhere! Instead of giving all that money to SPARC they should have invested in helping the SENIORS who need rides and paying their drivers a decent wage! Erie County is the only county transportation that pays their drivers by the client instead of by the hour!

BiggieA

hmmm...sounds like a waste of money to me. Don't we have a rather large deficit right now? And public transportation is at the top of our list? Sounds like a liberal agenda if I've ever saw one!

Rick Studer

The SPARC is a great idea. I’ve recently spoke with multiple people who plan to use this service. The affordable $1 per ride will allow people of limited means to use the transportation service multiple times a week. This should allow people who are normally confined or limited to the downtown area the ability to branch out. Now they can seek employment and spend their money in a greater number of places.

It’s easy for people who have transportation to consider this program a waste of money. For a poor person who has a low paying job $5 to $10 extra in their pocket a week is the difference between eating lunch and working all day hungry.

It occurs to me that “conservative, right wing thinkers” who blog in this area are in actuality suffering from low self-esteem. They always make the assumption that if they can do something, then anybody else can do it too. They never give themselves credit for being able to get a better job, completing an education, being smarter or able to physically work harder than someone else is.

They always blame the person in need for being lazy, or a Socialist who wants everything handed to them or someone who just doesn’t care and is a freeloader. I say you “Rush Babies” be upfront with your feelings of superiority. I suppose I could be wrong and the real answer is you just don’t give squat about your fellow man…

To the bus driver, look in your pocket. Is there a union card? That’s why you get paid by a$$es in the seat. A Teamster wouldn’t have this complaint.

Gulliver

Thank you Mr. Studer! You took the words right out of my mouth. Well, sorta. I think you said it better than I could have.

NOTJUSTABYSTANDER

HEY MR STUDER, THESE GUYS DO NOT DARE EVEN TALK UNION OR THEY WILL BE "LET GO!" DO U THINK THEY ENJOY PUTTING IN 10-12 HOURS A DAY GETTING PAID FOR 5! AND FOR THE PEOPLE THAT NEED (SAY ELDERLY WHO HAVE NO VEHICLES AT ALL TO GET AROUND OR CAN'T WALK THAT FAR TO A BUS STOP) THIS IS NOT A GOOD IDEA! THESE OLD PEOPLE AND MENTALLY CHALLENGED HAVE TO PAY $1.50 TO $2.00 ONE WAY FOR A RIDE TO THE GROCERY STORE, DRUG STORE OR DOCTOR! THERE IS AN ELDERLY LADY THAT I DRIVE TO SOME OF THESE PLACES WHEN I CAN BECAUSE SHE CAN'T ALWAYS AFFORD HER MEDICINE LET ALONE PAY FOR A RIDE TO THE DRUG STORE! SO TAKE YOUR UNION BUTT AND THANK GOD U R NOT IN THE POSITION OF NEEDING A RIDE TO THE DOCTOR, DRUG STORE OR GROCERY STORE AND CAN'T GO BECAUSE U DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY! I'M SAYING THESE PEOPLE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BEG SHARE A RIDE TO TAKE THEM ANYWHERE! THEY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO GO THESE PLACES FOR FREE!!

outsider

With people having access to all the big box stores along Rt. 250 aren't we helping the closing of Cardinal Market and Gallaghers?

Kottage Kat

What a wonderful thing for Sandusky. I hope all will take advantage of this service. To those who think the price is high, try a Taxi, and soon you, too will be getting on this bus with 4 quarters in your fist. Please see this as a blessing, and not be critical.