Knox Area Transit (KAT), under supervision of the Knox County Board of Commissioners, is applying to the Ohio Department of Transportation for operating and capital grants under 49 U.S.C. Section 5311 and Section 5339 of the Federal Transit Laws as codified and the Ohio Public Transportation Grant Program.
The operating grant will provide financial assistance for on demand public transportation services for the residents of Knox County during CY 2018. The service currently operates Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday service is provided between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. There is limited timed stop to stop service operating in Mount Vernon and Gambier Monday through Saturday until 10 p.m.
One-way trip fares throughout Knox County are based upon travel in and between zones and range from $4.50 up to $10.50. Shuttle fares are $1.00 per trip. Shuttle service is offered within the city limits of Mount Vernon. KAT will provide out of county service at a contracted cost of $33.04 per hour. The 50% Elderly and Disabled discount applies to the base fares for the elderly and disabled riders for countywide on-demand service and Mount Vernon curb to curb shuttle service.
The capital grant will provide financial assistance to purchase three (3) wheelchair accessible vehicles, radios and signage for those three (3) vehicles, and maintenance costs at an approximate cost of $168,056.
The Elderly & Disabled Fare Assistance grant will provide state funds to offset the half fares offered to elderly (65+) and disabled passengers.
Copies of the detailed service description, and project budget may be obtained at the KAT office located at 25 Columbus Rd., Mount Vernon between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
A public hearing will be held at the Ohio Means Jobs - Knox Office (an ADA accessible location), 17604 Coshocton rd., Mt. Vernon, Ohio; for public comment on October 2, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. For those unable to attend the public hearing, written comments may be submitted within 30 days after the hearing to Martin McAvoy, Program Administrator, 25 Columbus Rd., Mt. Vernon, OH 43050. Please contact Knox Area Transit at 740-392-7026 ext. 1 if you will need any special accommodations or transportation to attend this meeting.
September 20, 2017