Department of Transportation Services

The Board’s Transportation Department is responsible for providing and arranging safe transport of children and adults from home to their day program services site, be it Happy Day School, Portage Industries, or other day program locations.  The Department also coordinates the transportation services provided to adults by the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA), Family Community Services, Inc. (F & CS) and Siffrin.
 
The administration of the Transportation Services Department is overseen by the Supervisor of Transportation Services, Jennifer Weaver.
 
 
Thomas Byich
Supervisor of
Transportation Services
330-297-6462 x1110
 

Transportation Services

 

The Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities operates a fleet of 29 vehicles providing daily transportation services to persons enrolled in Board programs. The Board’s fleet of vehicles includes 13 yellow buses (click on images to expand), 10 mini-transit buses (MTBS), 2 transit buses, and 4 minivans. Every vehicle in the Board’s fleet is equipped with a wheelchair lift.

Photo of yellow buses    Photo of a mini-transit bus   Photo of a child in a wheelchair being helped off a transit bus.    Photo of minivans

All Board operated vehicles are inspected annually by the Ohio Highway Patrol. Every Transportation Department driver and attendant are required to undergo an annual physical examination. Board operated vehicles travel about 525,000 miles per year across Portage County transporting individuals.
 
In addition to standard safety equipment (e.g., first-aid kit, two-way radios), every vehicle is equipped with a global positioning system (GPS) The GPS system, which promotes rider safety and overall efficiency, allows for the capture of real time vehicle data in four dimensions – latitude, longitude, time, and odometer as well as delivering pinpoint recording of vehicle stops, speeds, routes traveled, excessive idling, and other specific on-board events.
 
The Board also contracts with the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA), Family and Community Services (F & CS) and Siffrin for the provision of transportation services to adult consumers throughout Portage County.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

 
If there is a change in my pick-up or drop-off address, how much advance notice do I need to give to the Transportation Services Department (330-297-6462)?
 
Three (3) days advance notice for all address changes.
 

 
If my medication changes, do I need to notify the Transportation Services Department?
 
Yes, you (or parent/guardian) will need to fill out and submit a new medical card to the Transportation Services Department.
 

 
How do I know if the program is closed due to weather conditions or emergencies?
 
Closing announcements are run on various TV channels and radio stations as indicated in the emergency closing memo everyone is sent in October of each year.
 

 
What happens if someone is to be at my residence when the bus arrives there to drop me off and no one is there?
 
The Transportation Services Department will call all the emergency contact numbers you have given to them and if no one answers or shows up at your residence, you will be taken to your program site (Happy Day School or Portage Industries) and you will be kept there until your parent/guardian/provider arrives there to take you home.
 

 
What if my parent/guardian occasionally needs to have someone else other than them get me off the vehicle and escort me into my residence?
 
You (or your parent/guardian) will need to call the Transportation Services Department and give them the name of the person who will be getting you off the vehicle. That person will need a picture ID with them to get you off the vehicle. If that person does not have a picture ID, the driver will not let you leave the vehicle.
 

 
Questions regarding transportation services may be directed to Supervisor of Transportation Services at 330-297-6462.