Portage County JFS program helps workers find transportation

Transportation is a necessity that many people take for granted. Getting to and from work and school can be a problem for a lot of families, including Jamie Guido. Guido is the newest participant of the Supportive Employment Program, the result of a partnership between Job and Family Services (JFS) and Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA). Guido has recently been released from prison and found that limited resources can lead to a tough situation. “[The program] means a lot to me,” Guido said. “I wouldn’t be where I’m at right now if I hadn’t been given this opportunity.. it means a lot more than I thought.” Prior to this

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Long Road Ahead: Kent in early stages of state Route 261 improvement plan

What was once wishful thinking on the parts of local engineers of the 1960s is now the task at hand for James Bowling, Kent’s current superintendent of engineering. Minds behind state Route 261, which connects Kent to Akron and other nearby cities and townships, belonged to an era that anticipated a significant Northeast Ohio growth that never showed up.

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Akron City Schools not Eligible for Busing

By Ashlyne Wilson and Alexis Oswald In Akron, 10 city schools are not receiving any school busing as Akron Public Schools (APS) must provide busing to 29 charter and private schools. The students attending these 10 public schools, under the APS policy, are not eligible for transportation by APS because the distance between their school of assignment and their homes are less than two miles apart. Students who are in open enrollment do not qualify for APS transportation either. Anything over two miles is grounds for eligibility for transportation by the schools. Those 29 charter and private schools are all well over two miles from their student’s residences, so transportation

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Transportation Network Services might be an ‘Uber’ issue in Kent

By Heather Inglis and Rachel Godin When the weekend approaches and the students of Kent State find themselves ready to let loose downtown, two questions always pops up: “How will we get there?” and “How will we get home?” Between far walking distances and unpredictable Ohio weather patterns, students look to taxi services to safely get where they need to go. However, getting an actual taxi can be difficult and costly—that’s where Uber comes in. Uber, and a similar app called Lyft, are taxi service apps that allow anyone to get a ride wherever they need on demand. Uber’s website says, “by seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our apps,

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