On March 23rd, 2007, Governor Ted Strickland designated the Lawrence County Port Authority as the recipient of Federal Transit Administration funds in order to initiate the start-up of a public transportation system in Lawrence County, Ohio. The Port Authority then contracted with the Ironton- Lawrence County CAO to administer the department.
The sole purpose of the new bus system is to provide affordable transportation for Lawrence County residents in order to travel throughout the Tri-State area. It provides an opportunity for residents to get to work, school, shopping centers, hospitals, doctors’ offices, and any other places that they may need to travel. With this, two services are provided:
One, is the fixed bus route system operated by TTA of Huntington, West Virginia. This system consists of four bus routes that run simultaneously each day, Monday through Friday. Two routes are express routes that run under the name, OVC Express. They run clockwise and counter clockwise to each of the transit centers in Huntington, Ashland, and Ironton. We do this because we recognize that residents need to get to all three cities our Tri-State area. The other two routes run between Huntington, Proctorville, and Chesapeake, with the Burlington Wal-Mart and the TTA center being the two primary stops.
These routes run under the name TTA-Ohio and also provide para-transit services. For more information on scheduling please call: 740-894-7433 or 740-532-2269.
Two, the CAO provides a demand response van service, operated by The Lawrence County Transit. This service is both public and private. The public service is a shuttle under the name OVC Shuttle. It is a deviated fixed route that runs Monday through Friday shuttling people between the Ironton Transit Center and the Wal-Mart in Burlington in order to catch the OVC Express. The private service primarily consists of contracted trips for qualifying seniors and disabled clients. All vehicles are handicap accessible and provide door to door service. The CAO has adopted and “open door” policy to increase efficiencies throughout the county.
For more information on both services please call 740-532-2269 or visit us online at www.lawrencecountytransit.com.
With the ever increasing cost of owning and operating a vehicle and the negative global effects of more cars on the road, this public transportation system will fill the much needed void in Lawrence County for today and into the future! Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to “Connect the Tri-State” and “Ride the bus!”
Senior medical transportation is provided by The Lawrence County Transit, which is located at 223 South 2nd Street Ironton, Ohio. This transportation service is provided for qualified Lawrence County residents that are either age 60 and older or disabled. Qualifying and scheduling for medical transportation is initiated at the Transit Center. Please call the Lawrence County Transit at 740-532-2269 or 740-894-7430 for more information concerning medical transportation. Also, transportation may be provided for non-medical trips, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, shopping malls, etc. All vehicles are handicap accessible with wheelchair ramps and restraints. The client will be charged at a per mile rate.
Our Senior Service facility is available for rent by the public during late afternoon, evening, or on weekends. Catering service is also available. Call 740-533-1863 for additional information.