TARTA looks to modified schedule in case of driver shortage

To ensure that it can deliver reliable service even in cases of driver shortages due to COVID-19, the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) has announced the creation of a Code Orange schedule that may be used in the coming weeks.

Code Orange service would reduce the frequency of trips on fixed-line routes 2, 3, 5, 10L, 19, 26, 28, 31, 34, 51, and 52, in addition to Call-A-Ride vehicles. All other routes would run on a normal schedule. Code Orange service would apply only on weekdays.

While service frequency would be reduced, hours of operation would remain 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

A Code Orange schedule would be announced the Friday or Saturday before the affected week of the run via tarta.com, the downtown Transit Hub, and TARTA’s social media channels and text message service.

“The latest surge in COVID-19 cases has caused staffing shortages for many businesses, and unfortunately TARTA is no exception,” TARTA CEO Laura Koprowski said. “We join the long list of transit agencies nationwide searching for a solution that both maintain service and keep both customers and drivers safe.

“We look forward to running full service every day once our workforce is healthy and staff availability stabilizes.”

TARPS paratransit service would not necessarily run on a Code Orange schedule when fixed-line routes do so. Should TARPS go to a Code Orange schedule, rides would be limited to one round-trip per day.

For more information or to find out what schedule is in effect for that week, contact TARTA information operators at (419) 243-RIDE (7433), or TARPS at (419) 382-9901, or consult tarta.com or TARTA’s social media channels in the coming days.