MOUNT VERNON — “Everyone Can Ride” is the new motto for Knox Area Transit, three simple words defining the transportation authority’s objective to provide affordable and accessible transportation to area residents.
Formerly the Mid-Ohio Transit Authority, MOTA transitioned earlier this year to a county-focused entity with a seven-member board of trustees. Letting Knox County residents know that “Everyone Can Ride” is a powerful message.
Administrator Hillary Patterson said, “Transit ridership is on the rise.” Reports from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) note that 2011 observed the second highest annual ridership since 1957. The numbers were higher in 2008 when gas prices were more than $4 a gallon.
Patterson is navigating KAT through the transition to its new identity and the administrative and financial difficulties of the previous administration; litigation is pending.
Looking forward, Patterson wants to get the word out that KAT is initiating a Transportation Advisory Committee. The open-forum committee will include riders, nursing homes and other participants who are actually using the transit services. The goal is to pursue on-going improvement to the transit services through participant involvement. The committee will meet four times a year, but a meeting schedule has not yet been determined. Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to contact Patterson.