The City of Bowling Green is applying to the Ohio Department of Transportation for an operating and capital assistance grant under 49 U.S.C. Section 5311 of the Federal Transit Laws, as codified, and the Ohio Public Transportation Grant Program.
The operating grant will provide financial assistance for public transportation service within the city limits of Bowling Green in CY 2017. The service currently operates Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is recommended that all passengers, including wheelchair users, schedule their ride 1 hour in advance. For rides originating and ending in Bowling Green’s corporation limits, fares are $3.50 per one-way trip; elderly, disabled and children ages 4 to 13 ride for $1.75 per one-way trip (with a City-issued transit ID card), and package fare is $1.75. For those rides originating and/or ending outside the corporation limits (up to one mile outside city limits), fares will be $4.00 per one-way trip; elderly, disabled and children ages 4 to 13 ride for $2.00 with a City-issued transit ID card (package fare is $2.00). Children under 4, passengers’ language interpreters and personal care attendants ride free regardless of where the rides originate or end. No service changes are proposed.
The capital grant will also provide financial assistance for capital maintenance costs and the purchase of one replacement modified minivan during CY 2017. The E&D grant will provide State funds to offset the half fares offered to elderly and disabled passengers.
Copies of the detailed service description and project budget may be obtained at the City of Bowling Green Grants Department, 304 North Church Street between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. during the 30-day comment period beginning August 17, 2016. Comments may be made in writing to the Grants Department at the address below during this time or at the public hearing.
A public hearing will be held in the Council Chamber at the City Administrative Building, 304 N. Church St., Bowling Green (an accessible location) on August 16, 2016 at 1:15 p.m. for public comment. Please contact Julie Nissen at (419) 354-6203 if you will need any special accommodations.