SARTA Milestones

Stark County has a rich history of Public Transit, here are some milestones: 

  • December 1, 1997, SARTA begins operation providing service throughout Stark County. The fare for one ride Fixed Route pass was $1.00 (now it’s only $1.50).
  • 102 was and still is the most popular route
  • Ridership in the first year was 1.1 million
  • SARTA operated 13 hours a day and in June 1998, 21-hour service began
  • September 1998, broke ground for the Massillon Transit Center
  • Launched the first website that hosted schedules, route maps, fare info and news in October 1999
  • June 1999, added service to Hartville, Uniontown & Greentown
  • Summer of 2000 SARTA installed computers
  • Original Alliance Transit Center opened on June 24, 2000
  • Massillon Transit Center began construction in 1999 and opened November 27, 2000
  • August 2002, SARTA begins service to Akron and the Airport with Route 81
  • Cornerstone was built in 2002
  • Sunday services was added in March 2003
  • March 2006, SARTA began Geocoding bus stops
  • 2006 SARTA won American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Outstanding Public Transit System Achievement Award
  • Summer of 2006 SARTA offers Downtown Trolley services
  • SARTA began using Trapeze to manage its Proline services in 2006
  • May 3, 2007, SARTA has groundbreaking ceremony for the new Alliance Transit Center
  • In 2009, SARTA began operating Hybrid buses (Diesel/Electric) as part of their commitment to utilize clean fuel buses. 
  • In 2010, SARTA began its Travel Training program.  The program is designed to teach riders how to use SARTA’s fixed routes and Proline Services, read schedules, plan trips, and answer questions riders had about using the bus.
  • Since 2010, SARTA’s Outreach Specialists have trained over 14,000 riders. 
  • September 1, 2011, SARTA added its 4th Transit Center, Belden Village Transit Center, in North Canton.
  • The spring of 2012, SARTA accepted delivery of over 20 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses for its Fixed Route and Proline services.
  • March 2013, SARTA introduces new bus service, the first in 10 years, to the Louis Stokes Veterans Hospital in Cleveland (Route 4).  This route enables veterans who are going to the VA hospital for a medical appointment to ride for free.
  • October of 2013 SARTA launched PinPont and Goline. 
  • PinPoint allows riders to track a bus at any time, view bus routes and check fees and schedules. It is accessible by mobile device or desktop.
  • GoLine is an online trip booking programs for those who use SARTA’s Proline services.  GoLine allows riders to book, change or cancel trips online as well as call to check or cancel a trip.  GoLine riders also receive reminder calls regarding scheduled trips. 
  • In 2014, SARTA was awarded Grants that enabled them to purchase Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses as part of the Federal Transit Administration’s National Fuel Cell program.  The first Fuel Cell bus is expected to deliver by the end of 2015.
  • By the end of 2014, SARTA had set a new ridership record by providing 2.8 million rides that year. 
  • Summer 2015, SARTA’s receives two prestigious awards for its financial reporting.
  • December 1, 2015, celebrated serving Stark County for 18 years
  • January 4, 2016, held groundbreaking ceremony for the new Hydrogen Fueling Station
  • April 2016, SARTA unveiled the first Hydrogen Fuel Cell bus in Ohio at a press conference at the State Capital Building in Columbus
  • September 2016, SARTA hosts ribbon cutting ceremony for the Hydrogen Fueling Station
  • July 2017, SARTA became a BikeSmart hub for the Stark County District Library