Project to Upgrade Transit, Broadband Access in Rural Areas

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio transportation agency is expected to use nearly $7 million in federal money to upgrade rural transit agencies’ technology and to increase broadband Internet access in areas with insufficient service.

The Columbus Dispatch reports more than 30 rural transit service areas will receive upgrades under the Transit Tech Ohio project, including software, broadband access, and equipment upgrades.

A state spokesman says the project will allow agencies in rural areas to share their routes and schedules more effectively.

Some agencies have scheduled routes while others respond to individual transportation requests. The upgrades should make it easier for riders to make the best choice.

Rural areas with limited Internet availability or high-speed connections will also receive either new equipment on existing state-owned towers for wireless broadband or entirely new towers.