Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority

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Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority
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Headquarters Toledo, Ohio
Service area Greater Toledo. U.S.
Service type bus service, paratransit
DestinationsLucas County Ohio
HubsCherry and Huron
Annual ridership1,874,162 (2022)
Fuel type biodiesel
Chief executiveMary Morrison, president
Kendra Smith, vice president
Laura Koprowski, Chief Executive Officer

Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) is a public transit agency that has been transporting people in the Toledo area of Ohio since 1971. TARTA services 32 bus routes [1] in and around the Toledo metropolitan area serving nine communities and carries approximately 3.5 million passengers each year. Every TARTA bus uses biodiesel fuel, and is equipped with bicycle racks. [2] The transit authority has special buses designed especially for disabled riders called TARPS (Toledo Area Regional Paratransit Service), which acts along the lines of the Americans with Disabilities Act. [3]


In 2013, TARTA launched TARTA Tracker, which uses satellites and predictive computer software to identify bus locations in real-time and to anticipate arrival times of buses at various stops, also in real-time. TARTA Tracker is available in a desktop/laptop edition, mobile edition – both at – and a phone edition at 419-243-RIDE (7433). [4]

In summer 2009, TARTA added 40 new buses to its fleet, including 10 mini- and 18 full-sized buses, in addition to 11 expanded buses for its TARPS fleet. The new buses were purchased with $7 million in federal money. [5]

In April 2018, the University of Toledo agreed to transfer the management of its busing service to TARTA as a cost-saving measure. As part of the deal, TARTA will provide free rides on any bus to all UT students, faculty, and staff. [6]

In 2019, TARTA announced plans for a three-year pilot program to transport passengers on an autonomous shuttle. It would have been funded by a $1.8 million federal grant. [7] Due to regulatory limitations with federal grants, the plan for the autonomous shuttle had to be postponed. [8]

In August 2022, fare collection resumed at pre-COVID rates systemwide. [9]


A TARTA bus at the Toledo Museum of Art TARTA Bus during the COVID-19 pandemic.jpg
A TARTA bus at the Toledo Museum of Art

The buses have routes in Toledo and its suburbs, including Maumee, Ottawa Hills, Rossford, Sylvania, Sylvania Township, and Waterville. This includes service to Fifth Third Field for all Toledo Mud Hens home baseball games and the Huntington Center for all home Toledo Walleye hockey games, as well as throughout Lourdes University, Owens Community College, and the University of Toledo. Call-A-Ride service is available in each of these locations. [2]

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