PARTA is committed to providing safe, dependable, courteous, and affordable transportation services that help Portage County residents meet their travel needs.
To accomplish this mission, PARTA’s vision is to be the provider of a multimodal alternative transportation network that sustains the region’s economic vitality and air quality, provides mobility and accessibility to all constituencies of the population, and preserves and enhances the region’s quality of life. PARTA works to achieve the following goals in carrying out its mission and vision:
Provide visible and attractive alternatives to the use of the single occupant vehicle.
Optimize the efficiency of all department operations to maximize efficient use of taxpayer dollars.
Pursue an aggressive market development and education program to enhance public awareness of the availability and benefits of alternative transportation.
Implement policies and develop facilities that support economic development, enhance neighborhood preservation, and encourage use of transit.
PARTA currently operates 15 fixed routes that service Akron, Brimfield, Cleveland, Franklin Township, Garrettsville, Hiram, Kent, Ravenna, Ravenna Twp., Rootstown, Stow, Streetsboro and Windham. Last year alone, PARTA provided approximately 1.5 million trips to seniors, individuals with disabilities, students, and workers across Portage County. Routes run Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Our Dial-A-Ride service is available countywide for those individuals who are unable to utilize our fixed route system. This shared-ride service is available Monday-Friday from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outlying areas are provided service on certain days of the week depending on the township. It is a critical service for hundreds of people who have no other access to medical appointments and the like.
PARTA also operates transportation service at Kent State University. PARTA services are free to all KSU students (with the exception of the Akron and Cleveland Express Routes – available for just $1 or $5) both on and off the campus with your FLASHcard.
The Kent Central Gateway Transit Center and Parking Garage is also operated by PARTA. This multimodal facility allows residents to bike, park or transfer via bus to any of the great attractions here in Portage County.
Portage County’s FIRST Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Station
The public/private station is located at 2000 Summit Road in Kent
The CNG Station is NOW OPEN! $1.99 per GGE.
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 5 a.m. – 11 p.m.
CNG Fuel benefits everyone!
Cleaner & Greener: Reduces health-harming CO2 pollutants by 30% and lowers greenhouse gas emissions by over 70%.
Domestic Fuel: 98% of the fuel used by PARTA will be produced in the U.S.
Affordable: CNG fuel prices are consistently lower than diesel.
CNG is being utilized across the country by thousands of transits, governmental agencies, trucking firms, refuse companies, shipping companies, schools and car and pickup owners.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
PARTA is governed by a 15 member Board of Trustees appointed by the political subdivisions creating the Authority: the cities of Aurora (2), Kent (3), Streetsboro (2), and Ravenna (2); Portage County (3 – northern, middle and southern); the townships of Ravenna (1) and Franklin (1); and the village of Brady Lake (1).
Trustees so appointed serve in a voluntary capacity and serve staggered three-year terms beginning July 1 of the year appointed.
Board meetings are public and are regularly scheduled to occur on the 4th Thursday of each month at 7 p.m., unless otherwise publicized. Standing Committees of the Board also are public and meet monthly or as needed. Board and committee meetings are held at the PARTA offices at 2000 Summit Rd., Kent, unless otherwise publicized.
PARTA is strongly committed to fiscal responsibility, accurate financial reporting, and public accountability.
In 2010, 2013 and 2014, PARTA received the Ohio Auditor of State Award for exemplary financial reporting in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)