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Public Comment – Fare Changes

When it has deemed necessary that a fare change be considered for its continued financial stability, the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority will set a period during which it will receive public comment both at a public hearing or hearings and in written form. No less than twenty-one (21) days before said public hearing the Authority will publish, in one or more newspapers of general circulation and on www.tarta.com, a notice of public hearing that outlines the date, time and place of said hearing(s) and states the intent of the hearing. If published more than once the second notice will be published no less than seven (7) days after the first. Said hearing will be held in a facility that is wheelchair accessible for all public meetings in conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act with regard to public participation. Special provisions will be made available for hearing impaired and vision impaired community participants upon request.

At the hearing, a representative from TARTA will present information in written and oral form, which outlines the amount of the fare change and the purpose therefore. After said presentation the public will be permitted to offer comment on the proposed change. A representative of TARTA shall prepare a report of the hearing.

Written comment will be accepted for seven (7) days after the completion of public hearings so that members of the public may have time to respond to information made available at said public hearing(s). Correspondence will also be accepted electronically. At the end of this time the public comment period will be closed.

At a Board of Trustees meeting following the public comment period or at a special meeting of the Board set for the purpose of considering a fare change, a report shall be made to the Board of Trustees on the public comments obtained so that they can consider the comments in their deliberations before setting the final fare structure or determining whether there should be a change enacted. The action of the Board of Trustees is final.

With any changes in fare structure, a Title VI analysis will be conducted pursuant to FTA regulations before the change is finalized by the Board of Trustees.

Special Fare – Special Events

Should the Board of Trustees authorize the provision of limited special service or a special fare these hearing and Title VI analysis requirements shall not apply.

Public Comment – Service Changes

When considering changes in service the General Manager of the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority will establish a period of public comment prior to the initiation of said changes. The period of public comment shall be of sufficient length and time before the implementation of said changes that the Board of Trustees can consider such comment in its deliberations.

Public comment will be solicited when:

  • There is a change in service of 25 percent or more of the number of transit
    route miles of a route; or,
  • Twenty-five percent or more of the number of transit revenue vehicle miles
    of a route computed on a daily basis for the day of the week for which the
    change is made; or,
  • A transit route is eliminated.

When any changes in fixed route service meet the thresholds established above, a Title VI analysis will be conducted pursuant to FTA regulations before the changes are finalized by the Board of Trustees.

When it is deemed necessary that a service change be considered for continued operating efficiency the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority will set a period during which it will receive public comment both at a public hearing or hearings and in written form. No less than twenty-one (21) days before said public hearing the Authority will publish, in one or more newspapers of general circulation a notice of public hearing, which outlines the date, time and place of said hearing(s) and states the intent of the hearing. If published more than once the second notice will be published no less than seven (7) days after the first. Notices shall also be posted on www.tarta.com. Said hearing will be held in a facility that is wheelchair accessible for all public meetings in conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act with regard to public participation. Special provisions will be made available for hearing impaired and vision impaired community participants upon request.

At the hearing a representative of TARTA will present information in written and oral form, which outlines the service change or changes proposed, the route(s) affected, and the purpose therefore. After said presentation the public will be permitted to offer comment on the proposed change or changes. A representative of TARTA will prepare a report of the hearing.

Written comment will be accepted for seven (7) days after the completion of public hearings so that members of the public may have time to respond to information made available at said public hearing(s). Correspondence will also be accepted electronically. At the end of this time the public comment period will be closed.

At a Board of Trustees meeting following the public comment period or at a special meeting of the Board set for the purpose of considering the proposed service changes, the General Manager, or his/her representative, shall provide the Board of Trustees with a record of the public comments obtained so that they can consider the comments in their deliberations before making final some or all of the proposed service changes or determining whether any of the proposed changes should be made. The action of the Board of Trustees is final.

Experimental Changes in Service

The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority may institute experimental changes in service provided those changes are not extended for more than one hundred eighty (180) days without a public hearing or Title VI analysis. Should the experimental changes be deemed to be of such benefit that they should be permanent the Authority will, prior to the end of the one hundred eighty (180) day period initiate the public hearing and Title VI analysis process. If the desirability of retaining the experimental service as a permanent change has not been determined by the end of the one hundred eighty (180) day period the service on the route or routes shall be returned to the status it held prior to the initiation of experimental service until the public comment and Title VI process can be initiated and completed.

Public Comment – Board Meetings

The Board of Trustees values the input of citizens and community members regarding all aspects of the Authority. This input is important because it allows the Board to hear all views on all matters. The public is permitted to offer comment on general matters pertaining to TARTA or TARPS prior to the introduction of pending resolutions at the beginning of the meeting. The public may also offer comment on the resolution being introduced when the President asks for discussion prior to the Board voting on the resolution. This allows for input before passage of said resolutions. At the end of this time the public comment period will be closed.

To ensure a quality public comment portion during Board meetings, including the meetings of any committees, all citizens and community members who would like to speak before the Board shall abide by these general rules:

  • Each speaker must sign in prior to the start of the meeting.
  • Public comment is limited to two (2) minutes per person or five (5) minutes per group per meeting.

The general guidelines are established as a way to provide the maximum opportunity for Board members to listen to citizens and community members and provide an organized and structured procedure for feedback.

TARTA does not discriminate in employment, provision of services, and/or business practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, military status, and physical or mental disability. TARTA prohibits workplace harassment, including sexual harassment, as well as retaliation against employees.