Release Date: March 27,2021

METRO RTA to Offer Free Rides to COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments

Friday, March 26, 2021, Akron, Ohio — In light of the recent expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, METRO is making it easier for persons to access vaccination appointments through a partnership with the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Rides for Community Immunity program.

Beginning Monday, March 29, METRO will provide free transportation to and from COVID-19 vaccination appointments on all services, including fixed-route, demand response, and Northcoast Express.

Digital or printed proof of a same-day, scheduled COVID-19 vaccine appointment is required to receive free fares.

“Transportation should never be a barrier when it comes to accessing medical appointments, and we want to ensure all persons have an opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine,” said METRO CEO Dawn Distler. “This is a crucial step to help us move forward and conquer the pandemic.”

ODOT’s Rides for Community Immunity program provided a total of $327,060 to METRO, granting the opportunity to work with local health and emergency management agencies to identify the best way to use these funds. METRO is grateful to be a recipient of the grant, which helps to further ensure the safety of its team and community members.

Learn more about ODOT’s Rides for Community Immunity program here.

METRO RTA is the public transportation provider in Summit County. METRO enhances the quality of life for our community by providing innovative transportation solutions that are safe, dependable, cost-effective and customer focused, now and into the future.