WRTA changes policy on pick-ups and drop-offs

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The executive director said the change is for safety reasons

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – There will be some new changes for the WRTA. Those changes will actually bring it more in line with other systems across the country.

Starting Monday, you will only be picked up and dropped off at designated WRTA bus stops.

Executive Director Dean Harris said it’s for safety reasons. Historically, drivers used to stop just about anywhere passengers indicated they wanted to get off — or let them on, if they saw someone waiting for a ride

“Over the years, we’ve dropped people off at bad locations, unsafe locations, so we’re trying to really…become a true transit where people get on at bus stops and at locations where we — that are safer for our buses and for our passengers to get on the bus,” Harris said

“So, we noticed that people are getting on at locations. We got complaints about buses stopped just random spots, and it’s really about the safety for our passengers, so we really want to make sure we provide the safety we can,” he said.

Harris says the old practice actually made the local system something of a rarity compared to other Transit Authorities across the country that only use designated stops.

This means riders will no longer be able to hail a bus at any location.

Passengers won’t be able to request to get off somewhere that’s not a designated stop.

The designated WRTA bus stops are listed online.

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