Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County residents have several options for receiving a COVID-19 vaccination over the next few months, and the Western Reserve Transit Authority can provide free bus transportation to many of them.

Residents of Youngstown can take advantage of clinics coordinated by the Youngstown City Health District. In addition to many smaller clinics at various locations, there will be a mass vaccination clinic at the Covelli Centre on April 1. Information and registration for these clinics can be found at covid19.youngstownohio.gov.

Meanwhile, the Mahoning County Health Department is establishing a mass COVID-19 vaccination program for county residents at the former Dillard’s building at Southern Park Mall in Boardman. A test run, or soft opening, will be Wednesday with additional clinics planned for Fridays and Saturdays in April and May. Information and registration for these clinics is available at www.mahon inghealth.org.

Rides on all WRTA buses are free through June 30, so there will be no cost for residents to ride to and from the mass vaccination events.

The following WRTA fixed route buses can be taken to Covelli Centre:

• 5-South Outbound (leaves Federal Station 40 minutes after the hour)

• 5-South Inbound (stops in front of Covelli Centre at 26 minutes after the hour)

• 15-Struthers Outbound (leaves Federal Station 10 minutes after the hour)

• 15-Struthers Inbound (stops in front of Covelli Centre at 55 minutes after the hour)

• 16-Buckeye Outbound (leaves Federal Station 10 minutes after the hour)

• 16-Buckeye Inbound (stops in front of Covelli Centre at 57 minutes after the hour)

Riders who live in other parts of the WRTA fixed route service area can take their bus to Federal Station and then transfer to one of the above routes.

The Mahoning County Health Department mass vaccination clinic at the former Dillard’s department store will be served by WRTA’s 26-Boardman East Loop. This bus leaves the shelter near the PNC Bank Branch between Market Street and the mall at 55 minutes past the hour. On days when the clinic is operating, it will travel to the clinic entrance (the south-facing entrance to the former Dillard’s) before proceeding to the rest of its route.

Riders can connect with this bus at the shelter by taking any of the following buses:

• 5-South (arrives at the shelter at 20 minutes after the hour)

• 7-Glenwood (arrives at the shelter at 45 minutes after the hour)

• 8-Market (arrives at the shelter at 5 minutes and 35 minutes after the hour)

• 25-Boardman/Canfield Loop (arrives at the shelter at 40 minutes after the hour)

Riders who live in other parts of the WRTA fixed route service area can take their bus to Federal Station and then transfer to the 5-South, 7-Glenwood or 8-Market buses.

Those who are leaving the clinic after their appointment must ride the 26-Boardman East Loop to the end of the line before it returns to the shelter.

Registered riders who are ADA-eligible or 65 and older and are not able to or have difficulty using fixed route bus service can use WRTA’s ADA All-Access service. Mahoning County residents who live beyond areas served by fixed route buses can use WRTA’s Countywide service. Rides on these small-vehicle services must be scheduled no later than 24 hours prior to the trip.

Information about these services, as well as schedules for all fixed route buses, can be found on WRTA’s website, wr taonline.com or by calling 330-744-8431.

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