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The Portage Public Transportation Assistance Foundation, Inc. (PPTAFI) works in conjunction with the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA) to help the most vulnerable in our community by supporting non-profit agencies whose mission aligns with PPTAFI.

The Need...


Many local agencies assist their clients by purchasing PARTA bus tickets, passes, and trip cards. These agencies are limited in what they can afford to purchase. The number of people who need this help dwarfs the number of those who receive it.

Our Partnership...


In coordination with PPTAFI, PARTA provides grants to    non-profit agencies that aid low income individuals to ensure Portage County residents in need have access to public transportation.

How it works...


Grant recipients receive financial awards that they may draw down to pay for half the cost of full fare passes. Award recipients then pay the other half of the cost. This allows individuals who do not qualify for traditional reduced fare programs to have access to discounted fares for public transportation.

Who receives assistance...


Last year, PPTAFI & PARTA provided grants to the following organizations to assist their clients:

Catholic Charities

Coleman Professional Services

Freedom House

Miller Community House


Portage Area Recovery Center

Portage County Job & Family Services

Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority

Safer Futures

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How it's supported...


Traditionally, PPTAFI & PARTA have hosted an annual golf outing to raise funds to support donations made by the foundation. This year, the golf outing was cancelled due to COVID-19. However, the need for funding still remains.

What you can do to help...


Donate TODAY. Give $25, $50, $100, or whatever you are able to contribute. PPTAFI is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation established by PARTA to provide businesses and individuals with the opportunity to make tax deductible charitable contributions. All proceeds are used to support unmet transportation needs within Portage County.

Support a worthy cause.

PARTA | Portage Area Regional Transit Authority


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