The Athens Mobility Coordinator is the direct result of the establishment of the Ohio Coordination Program by the Ohio Department of Transportation's Office of Transit and the Federal government's SAFETEA-LU legislative act. In order to apply and qualify for the Ohio Coordination Program grant each county had to have a completed Coordinated Public Transit/Human Services Transportation Plan.
In 2007, the Athens County Commissioners authorized the Ohio University Voinovich School to undertake the process of creating the Coordinated Plan. As a result of the completed plan, the Ohio Coordination grant was secured.
A multi-agency Athens County Transportation Advisory Group was assembled to direct the activities needed to establish the Athens Mobility Coordinator position. Hocking Athens Perry Community Action (HAPCAP) was contracted to administer the grant and hire the mobility coordinator.
On March 5, 2010, HAPCAP announced that Lantz Repp was hired to be the Athens Mobility Coordinator. Lantz served as the Mobility Manager until his retirement in 2016. Following his retirement Jessie Schmitzer became the Athens Mobility Coordinator in 2017 and continues to serve the transportation needs of the community.
The Athens Mobility Management Program is a partnership consisting of:
The Ohio Department of Transportation's Office of Transit
Athens County Children's Services
Athens County Commissioners
Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities
City of Athens, Ohio
Hocking Athens Perry Community Action
The Athens Mobility Management program is a cooperative effort of the following:
Athens County Planner
Athens City Council
Ohio Department of Transportation's District 10 Office
The Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development
Athens County Department of Job and Family Services
Ohio University's Transportation Office
Athens County Veterans Services
Athens City Transportation Task Force
United Seniors of Athens County
Athens Public Transit
Ohio Rehabilitation Services
Through this group of concerned and dedicated Athens County organizations, mobility issues will be brought to the forefront in order to improve the overall quality of mobility and life for Athens County residents.