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SCAT to begin flex route bus service Sept. 13

Shelton Shuttle to offer routes to businesses for work, recreation

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 3, 2021 – The Shelton Shuttle, a flex-route bus service provided by Seneca-Crawford Area Transportation (SCAT), is set to begin service on Sept. 13. The service has four vehicles, two purchased through a state grant and two purchased through a federal grant.

Three routes have been established to serve the City of Tiffin and portions of rural Seneca County. Until more drivers can be secured, only one route will be in operation which will connect riders to shopping and businesses on the east and west sides of Tiffin. The route will run Monday through Friday 8:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The cost to $1 per ride.

In the future, SCAT will open up other routes, with one serving government services, shopping and dining in Downtown Tiffin and another will serve the industrial parks based on shift changes. Additionally, routes may run for limited hours on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings for commercial businesses depending on demand.

Plans to establish the service began in Fall 2014, when David Shelton arranged a meeting with Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz. In the following years, Heidelberg Business Institute completed Phase I of the Feasibility Study in 2015, followed by a formal study conducted by RLS in 2018. Since then, SCAT has received grants to fund the service completely for the first 18 months through the Ohio Transit Partnership Program and federal CARES Act, including funding the four vehicles.

Mayor Aaron Montz said he was excited for the service to begin. “This is a fantastic resource for our community, bringing people to local businesses and helping to transport workers. I’m proud that we can offer this service to the people of Tiffin.”

Mike Kerschner, president of the Seneca County Board of Commissioners, said: “I’m proud to be able to work with the individuals at SCAT who have put in the time and resources to make this bus route possible to benefit the citizens of Seneca County.”

Mary Habig, Executive Director for Seneca-Crawford Area Transportation, said, “I’m grateful for the SCAT Board of Directors, SCAT employees, community leaders, Heidelberg University, Ohio Department of Transit, and State Senator Bill Reineke for their dedication and commitment in making this added service a reality.”

For more information or to apply to drive, call (567) 938-8055.

About Seneca-Crawford Area Transportation

Seneca-Crawford Area Transportation (SCAT) is a not-for-profit charitable organization that provides public transportation throughout Seneca and Crawford counties. Its mission is to serve the public by providing a safe, reliable, affordable, accessible and efficient transportation system.  For more information, visit www.senecascat.org.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.tiffinseneca.org.

Bus route plan moving to Phase II

SCAT logoToday, the Seneca Regional Planning Commission held its first meeting for the second phase of a city-wide public bus plan, in partnership with the Seneca Crawford Area Transportation, the City of Tiffin, and Seneca County. The plan would include stops throughout Tiffin, running on a continuous loop. The purpose of the Phase II study is to determine cost and route design. SCAT has contracted with RLS & Associates, a transportation management and consulting service out of Dayton, OH, to perform the Phase II study. The plan is fully funded, and will develop over the next nine months.

A Phase I feasibility study completed by Heidelberg Business Institute (HBI) in 2015 determined a need in the community and estimated the demand for a flex-route bus service in the city of Tiffin. One goal of adding a flex-route service is to spur economic development by making local businesses more accessible to people with limited transportation options.  Likely users of a flex-route bus service include college students, the elderly, and people with limited incomes.  Another goal of additional bus service would be making it easier to attract and retain employees who find it difficult to afford and maintain their own personal vehicle.

RLS & Associates, along with the Steering Committee of the group, will be reaching out to the community for input over the coming months.

About SCAT
Our mission is to serve the public of Seneca and Crawford Counties by providing a safe, reliable, affordable, and efficient public transportation system. SCAT is a door-to-door, curb-to-curb transportation organization that provides local as well as out-of-county trips to the public of Seneca and Crawford Counties. We provide transportation for all needs such as medical, social, shopping, bank service, veterinary, etc. We are a non-profit organization. Our hours are Monday through Friday 5 AM to 6 PM. We provide transportation for all needs such as medical, social, shopping, bank service, veterinary, etc.

Public transit open forum to be held June 9

scatThe Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce together with the Heidelberg Business Institute invites the Tiffin area business community to an open forum on adding additional public bus service within the City of Tiffin.  This important meeting will be held on June 9th, 6:00pm, at the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services office at 19 West Market Street.
The Heidelberg Business Institute (HBI) agreed to conduct a feasibility study on behalf of Seneca County Agency Transit (SCAT) to estimate demand for a flex-route bus service in the city of Tiffin.  One goal of adding a flex-route service is to spur economic development by making local businesses more accessible to people with limited transportation options.  Likely users of a flex-route bus service include college students, the elderly, and people with limited incomes.  Another goal of additional bus service would be making it easier to attract and retain employees who find it difficult to afford and maintain their own personal vehicle.     
If your business could use more customers, or needs help attracting employees, please join us on June 9th to share your input in developing this very important project.
 
Please contact John Detwiler, jdetwiler@tiffinchamber.com if you would like to attend.