Coordinated Plan Goals

Enhanced Stark County Transportation Services

Identified Unmet Needs or Gaps in Transportation Services Goal Identified to Address the Identified Unmet Needs or Gaps in Services Priority Level
Regional Transportation Needs
 Improve transportation between Stark County and destinations outside of the county. Goal 

 Goal #4: Regional Transit Connectivity

4.1: Feeder service to Route 81 Express Bus

4.2: Expand hours of operation for Route 81 Express Bus
4.3: Increase frequency on Route 81

 
 
 Moderately Low
 Additional service to/from Cleveland (earlier and later on weekdays and service on Saturdays).  Goal #4: Regional Transit Connectivity
4.2: Expand Hours of Operation on Route 81 Express Bus
 Moderately Low
 Expand coordination activities between the three MPOs in the region for transit planning and funding opportunities.  Expand coordination activities between the three MPOs in the region for transit planning and funding opportunities. Goal #1: Modify Section 5310 Program administration practices
1.2: Strengthen regional coordinated transportation Top priority
 Top Priority
 Expand regional transit service to include connectivity between Canton, Akron and Cleveland for employment and entertainment purposes.  Expand regional transit service to include connectivity between Canton, Akron and Cleveland for employment and entertainment purposes. Goal #1: Modify Section 5310 Program administration practices
1.2: Strengthen regional coordinated transportation
Goal#4: Strengthen Regional Transit Connectivity
4.1: Feeder service to Route 81 Express Bus
4.2: Expand hours of operation for Route 81 Express Bus
4.3: Increase frequency on Route 81 Goal #1 = Top priority Goal #4 = Moderately low priority
 Goal #1 = Top priority Goal #4 = Moderately low priority
   Enhanced Stark County Transportation Services
 Reduce overall passenger travel time.  Goal #5: Enhanced service to support employers and employees
5.2: Reduce travel time for riders on Route 139
5.4: Address shifts that begin or end before/after current hours of service
Goal #2: Build a local transportation network that is prepared to support growth in Canton
2.1: Airport and Hall of Fame access
2.2: Jackson Township microtransit
 Goal #5 = Moderately high

Goal #2 = Moderate

 Implement expanded transit services between the Akron-Canton Airport, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and downtown Canton.  Goal #2: Build a local transportation network that is prepared to support growth in Canton
2.1: Airport and Hall of Fame access
2.2: Jackson Township microtransit
2.3: Autonomous vehicle technology
 Moderate
 Enhance transit services in the western part of the county, between Massillon and Navarre to support planned development of 350-acre plot of farmland.  Goal #2: Build a local transportation network that is prepared to support growth in Canton
2.1: Airport and Hall of Fame access
2.2: Jackson Township microtransit
Goal #6: Coordinate with City of Massillon downtown development efforts
6.1: Support Massillon developments and trends
 Goal #2: Moderate

Goal #6 = Moderately high

 Enhance transportation services in Belden Village to better serve the employees of hospitality and entertainment businesses.  Enhance transportation services in Belden Village to better serve the employees of hospitality and entertainment businesses. Goal #2: Build a local transportation network that is prepared to support growth in Canton and surrounding communities
2.2: Jackson Township microtransit
2.3: Autonomous vehicle technology Moderate
 Moderate
 Provide additional transportation services within North Canton to better serve the aging population and also to serve the future residents and businesses in the Hoover development.  Provide additional transportation services within North Canton to better serve the aging population and also to serve the future residents and businesses in the Hoover development. Goal #3: Enhanced transportation service for SARTA passengers
3.1: Enhanced companions
3.3: Travel training videos
Goal #2: Build a local transportation network that is prepared to support growth in Canton and surrounding communities
2.2: Jackson Township microtransit
Goal #4: Strengthen regional transit connectivity
4.1: Add feeder service to Route 81
4.2: Expand hours of operation for Route 81 Goal #3 = Moderately high

Goal #2 = Moderate

Goal #4 = Moderately low

 Goal #3 = Moderately high

Goal #2 = Moderate

Goal #4 = Moderately low

 Enhance transit services in Alliance to better support employers in the Main Street corridor beginning at Rockhill Ave. to Sawburg Ave. and Glamorgan St.  Enhance transit services in Alliance to better support employers in the Main Street corridor beginning at Rockhill Ave. to Sawburg Ave. and Glamorgan St.  Moderate
 Incorporate SARTA and other modes of public transportation in the Massillon Downtown Streetscape project planning by incorporating transit as an additional economic development attraction.  Goal #6: Coordinate with City of Massillon downtown development efforts
6.1: Support Massillon developments and trends
 Moderately High
 Additional transit services for special events are needed in Stark County.  Goal #2: Build a local transportation network that is prepared to support growth in Canton
2.1: Airport and Hall of Fame access
 Moderate
 Improve transit, pedestrian and bicycle accessibility to schools. Goal #3: Enhanced transportation service for SARTA passengers
3.1: Travel Training videos
3.5: Improve accessibility for bicyclists Moderately low
 Goal #3: Enhanced transportation service for SARTA passengers
3.1: Travel Training videos
3.5: Improve accessibility for bicyclists
 Moderately Low
 Focus on employment transportation and include major employers in the development of transportation management plans for employees to ride transit to work and/or share rides  Goal #1: Modify Section 5310 Program administration
1.1: Rejuvenate the Stark County Mobility Coordination Committee
1.2: Strengthen regional coordinated transportation
Goal #2: Build a local transportation network that is prepared to support growth
2.2: Airport and Hall of Fame access
2.3: Jackson Township microtransit
 Goal #1 = High

Goal #2 = Moderate

 Extend hours of transportation services beyond 9:30 PM so that people can ride to go to dinner or entertainment events.  Goal #2: Build a local transportation network that is prepared to support growth
2.2: Airport and Hall of Fame access
 Moderate
 Add transportation services on Sundays (for example, in the area of SARTA route 151). Goal #7: Address demand for Sunday Service
7.1: Add Sunday service and create a brokerage with partner providers 
 Low
 Collaboration between SARTA and local communities to provide community-centered transit services when routes are not appropriate.  Goal #1: Modify Section 5310 Program administration
1.1: Rejuvenate the Stark County Mobility Coordination Committee
1.2: Strengthen regional coordinated transportation
Goal #2: Build a local transportation network that is prepared to support growth
2.3: Jackson Township microtransit
 Goal #1 = High

Goal #2 = Moderate

SARTA Service Enhancements
SARTA passenger waiting environments need to be improved with more shelters. The transfer centers are nice but the bus stops need better amenities. Goal #3: Enhanced transportation service for SARTA passengers
3.4: Add SARTA bus shelters
Moderately Low
SARTA buses should run more often. Approximately 33 percent of riders wanted buses to run more often. Also, reports from Department of Job and Family Services indicate that employees that work shifts often wait extensive amounts of time before/after their shift because of the route schedule. Goal #5: Enhanced service to support employers and employees
5.3: Increase frequency and expand hours of service for routes that feed into Route 139
5.4: Address shifts that begin or end before/after current hours of transit operations
Moderate
SARTA driver training standardize SARTA driver customer service standards and policies regarding free rides. Goal #3: Enhanced transportation service for SARTA passengers
3.2: Coordinate Free Friday/Saturday service
3.3: Travel training videos
Moderately Low
Enhanced travel training is needed so that people learn to ride fixed routes Goal #3: Enhanced transportation service for SARTA passengers
3.3: Travel training videos
Moderately Low
To encourage connectivity with bicyclists, SARTA should incrementally replace the 2-bike racks with racks that will hold 3 bikes. Goal #3: Enhanced transportation service for SARTA passengers
3.5: Improve accessibility for bicyclists
Moderately Low