Lisbon, Ohio – As leaders across the county are working to ensure that residents are practicing physical distancing, they are also trying to balance a difficult task: ensuring that transportation options remain open for those who need them while safeguarding transportation systems from spreading the virus. During these challenging times when so much is uncertain, there is one transit reality that has not changed: residents, need to get to work, medical care, grocery stores, etc. and they need safe transportation options to get there.

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 this county for 37 years and will continue to be there during this crisis. We are in this together Ohio.” 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 our 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, please contact CARTS at (330)424-4015.

About Community Action Agency of Columbiana County

The Community Action Agency of Columbiana County (CAACC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable social service organization established in 1965 that serves the residents of Columbiana and surrounding counties. Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other. CAACC is the local grantee for the Head Start & Early Head Start Program, our county’s Community Action Rural Transit System (CARTS), the Home Energy Assistance and Weatherization programs, and the Healthier Community Food Pantry. We also operate Health, Behavioral Health, and Dental Centers at five locations throughout Columbiana County. For more information, call us at 330-424-7221 or visit caaofcc.org.