Lorain County Mobility Management and LCT Work Together to Seek Input on Local Transportation Needs
The 2022 Lorain County Transportation Survey is open and accepting responses through Friday, July 1, 2022. All who live, work, or spend time in Lorain County are invited to participate and share their transportation needs.
The survey is being conducted by Lorain County Mobility Management (LCMM) in partnership with Lorain County Transit and the Lorain County Commissioners. LCMM is an impact initiative of United Way of Greater Lorain County in partnership with MOVE Lorain County.
Survey responses that align with the Lorain County Transit Redevelopment Plan will be taken into consideration for possible transit improvement opportunities within the constraints of the Lorain County Transit budget. In addition, survey responses will be included in the updated Coordinated Transportation Plan, which informs the Lorain County Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) and MOVE Lorain County on transportation needs. Our goal is to develop solutions which enhance access to medical appointments, pharmacy, grocery stores, and the workplace. Modes of transportation evaluated within the survey include but are not limited to biking, walking, ridesharing, and public transit.
“We are really excited to be working with the Lorain County Commissioners to assist with making slight adjustments that focus on some of the needs that have surfaced from previous transportation survey,” said Sharon Pearson, Lorain County Mobility Manager at United Way of Greater Lorain County. “Past transportation surveys have indicated that access to food, medical, and crossing county lines must be addressed, especially for seniors, persons with disabilities, and low-income residents. Also, further emphasis on workforce and education transportation is important for the continued economic vitality in Lorain County.”
With funding from the Nord Family Foundation, LCMM enlisted Share Mobility from Columbus Ohio and connected its software to available vehicles through LifeCare Ambulance Service. This workforce transportation pilot is a 6-to-9-month FREE workforce transportation to primarily fill open positions on 2nd and 3rd shifts at Thogus and Avient in Avon Lake. This pilot began early January and has included several job fairs. When this pilot is successful, utilizing these virtual routes, the routes can be operated by Lorain County Transit and employees can pay for these services via their paycheck at no more than $2 a ride (or less when utilizing tax benefits through the Federal commuter benefit program.)
“I believe we are making a real difference here. The goal was to connect people within our county with job available in our county who otherwise may not have had access. We have seen people from Lorain County working in other counties start with these Lorain County based companies already and hope to see these numbers grow,” said Joe Spriestersbach, director of communications at LifeCare Ambulance Services, Inc. and member of the MOVE board of directors. “The ride share program allows those with transportation issues to have safe reliable transportation to and from work with little to no cost from the riders, which adds to their salaries by not having the expense of vehicle maintenance and fuel.”
There are several methods to participate in the transportation survey. You can text TRANSPORTLC to 41444 to receive a link to the survey. You can also obtain the survey online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/LCT2022survey. For a paper survey, contact Sharon Pearson via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 440-707-6477.