California firm submitted winning bid
By ABBEY ROY • Advocate Reporter • November 22, 2008
NEWARK — New hours, rates and boundaries will help ring in the new year for Newark-Heath’s public transportation system.
The Newark Board of Control voted Friday to award a contract to MV Transportation Inc., a California-based transportation company with several hubs nationwide, including in Ohio and as close as Lancaster. The company will begin operating Earthworks Transit on Jan. 1.
…Earthworks Transit will provide curb-to-curb transportation within the city limits of Newark and Heath, Carr said, an expansion of its past coverage of only part of Heath.
Instead of 24-hour transportation, the system will provide service from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and tentatively from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, although that might be adjusted to 8 a.m. to noon or 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Carr said.
…Whether Earthworks Transit will continue to operate on a token system still has to be determined, however: Punch cards also are being considered, she said.
“We’re looking very seriously into having cards,” she said, citing an example of a punch card carrying $15 worth of rides. “We’re probably leaning more strongly in that direction.”
Cash also will be accepted.
To encourage riders to schedule ahead of time, Carr said lower rates will be offered for advance scheduling. A ride scheduled the day of will cost $6 one way or $3 for the elderly and disabled; rides scheduled the day before and earlier will cost $4 or $2 for the elderly and disabled.
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