The 2022 Lorain County Transportation Survey is open and accepting responses
through Friday, July 1, 2022. All who live, work, or spend time in Lorain County are
invited to participate and share their transportation needs.
The survey is being conducted by Lorain County Mobility Management (LCMM) in
partnership with Lorain County Transit and the Lorain County Commissioners. LCMM is
an impact initiative of United Way of Greater Lorain County in partnership with MOVE
Lorain County.


Survey responses that align with the Lorain County Transit Redevelopment Plan will be
taken into consideration for possible transit improvement opportunities within the
constraints of the Lorain County Transit budget. In addition, survey responses will be
included in the updated Coordinated Transportation Plan, which informs the Lorain
County Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) and MOVE Lorain County on
transportation needs. The goal is to develop solutions which enhance access to medical
appointments, pharmacy, grocery stores, and the workplace. Modes of transportation
evaluated within the survey include but are not limited to biking, walking, ridesharing,
and public transit.


“We are really excited to be working with the Lorain County Commissioners to assist
with making slight adjustments that focus on some of the needs that have surfaced from
previous transportation survey,” said Sharon Pearson, Lorain County Mobility Manager
at United Way of Greater Lorain County. “Past transportation surveys have indicated
that access to food, medical, and crossing county lines must be addressed, especially
for seniors, persons with disabilities, and low-income residents. Also, further emphasis
on workforce and education transportation is important for the continued economic
vitality in Lorain County.”


With funding from the Nord Family Foundation, LCMM enlisted Share Mobility from
Columbus, Ohio and connected its software to available vehicles through LifeCare
Ambulance Service. This workforce transportation pilot is a 6-to-9-month FREE
workforce transportation to primarily fill open positions on 2nd and 3rd shifts at Thogus
and Avient in Avon Lake. This pilot began early January and has included several job
fairs. When this pilot is successful, utilizing these virtual routes, the routes can be
operated by Lorain County Transit and employees can pay for these services via their
paycheck at no more than $2 a ride (or less when utilizing tax benefits through the
Federal commuter benefit program).


“I believe we are making a real difference here. The goal was to connect people within
our county with jobs available in our county who otherwise may not have had access.
We have seen people from Lorain County working in other counties start with these
Lorain County based companies already and hope to see these numbers grow,” said
Joe Spriestersbach, Director of Communications at LifeCare Ambulance Services, Inc.
and member of the MOVE Board of Directors. “The ride share program allows those
with transportation issues to have safe reliable transportation to and from work with little
to no cost from the riders, which adds to their salaries by not having the expense of
vehicle maintenance and fuel.”


There are several methods to participate in the transportation survey. You can text
TRANSPORTLC to 41444 to receive a survey link. You can also obtain the survey
online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/LCT2022survey. For a paper survey, contact
Sharon Pearson via email at sharon.pearson@uwloraincounty.org or phone at 440-707-
6477.

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