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Richland County Regional Planning Commission Transitions Mobility Management to Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging

  Posted on February 8, 2024

 Ontario, OH –  In a collaborative move aimed to address the growing transportation needs for older adults and individuals with disabilities in Richland County, Mobility Management has been transitioned from the Richland County Regional Planning Commission to the Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging (AAA5).

 Jotika Shetty, Executive Director of Richland County Regional Planning Commission, expressed the significance of this transition, stating, “This move just makes good sense. Our longstanding partnership with Area Agency on Aging and its transportation program has significantly impacted the lives of seniors and individuals with disabilities.”

Since its inception in 1996, Mobility Management has played a pivotal role in coordinating transportation needs for Richland County through the Agency Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC), now called Richland Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC). RTAC, led by the Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Mobility Management team, is a committee made up of representatives of government entities as well as private and public social service agencies that are currently providing some form of transportation to disabled, elderly or otherwise disadvantaged individuals. The goal of the committee is to coordinate existing routes and vehicles to bring efficiency to the roster of transportation services that are available within the county.

By facilitating communication between consumers, social service agencies, and contracted transportation providers, the Mobility Management team connects clients to organizations that provide transportation resources.  

Shetty emphasized that positioning the program within the Area Agency on Aging would allow for the greatest potential for growth and innovation in the future. Lyndsie Martin, Mobility Management Transportation Coordinator, has seamlessly transitioned to the Area Agency on Aging team, ensuring continuity for clients, providers, and community partners.

According to Duana Patton, Chief Executive Officer of the Area Agency on Aging, “We are excited to take this program, which has had a positive impact in our community over the years, and position it for future growth.” The program will not only continue linking seniors with existing transportation options and county resources but will also focus on forging new partnerships and solutions to address gaps and barriers that impact safe, reliable, and affordable transportation.”

Continued collaboration with valued partners, such as the Regional Planning Commission, will be key in ensuring the program's ongoing success. The Area Agency on Aging team looks forward to building on the program’s legacy and creating innovative solutions for the transportation needs of Richland County older adults and individuals with disabilities.

For more information on Area Agency on Aging’s Mobility Management, please visit or call (567) 247-6483.

 The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc., located at Hawkins Corner in Ontario, serves the North Central Ohio area, including Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca, and Wyandot Counties, providing assistance to aging individuals and disabled individuals. Contact the Area Agency on Aging at (419) 524-4144 or (800) 560-5799.  Find us on Facebook

Richland County Regional Planning Commission, located at 19 N Main Street, provides transportation and land use planning services to communities in Richland County. Contact the Planning Commission at (419) 774 5684 or