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CARTS offers free rides

Community Action Rural Transit System (CARTS) is offering free rider fares during the COVID pandemic. (Submitted photo)

LISBON– The Community Action Rural Transit System’s (CARTS) rider fares will be free for the general public to help people get around town during the coronavirus pandemic. The purpose is to give residents a break during the pandemic – where they may be short on cash and still need to go places. CARTS will continue to offer rides at no cost as long as the funding is available.

“CARTS has proudly served the members of [Columbiana] County for 37 years and will continue to be there during this crisis. We are in this together Ohio.,” said Shari Green, transportation director.

The health and well-being of each rider is CARTS’s top priority. Staff continues to take extra steps to increase the cleaning frequency of high-touch areas such as door handles, railings, seats and benches with disinfectant throughout each shift. Buses, vans and other vehicles are sanitized daily. Drivers and other staff members who interact with the public are using face masks, gloves and hand sanitizer to help safeguard customers and employees. It is recommended that riders wear face coverings for the safety of other riders and frontline staff. Community Action Agency of Columbiana County (CAACC) is closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation and is communicating with local, state, and national health authorities to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure.

Updated route schedules and additional information regarding COVID-19 are available at caaofcc.org/carts. For questions regarding routes, schedule a ride or for details about the “Free Fares” restrictions, contact CARTS at 330-424-4015.

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