MANSFIELD — You asked a lot of questions about public transit during the Richland Source “Talk the Vote” listening tour last fall.

We tried to address many of those questions during a four-day, nine-part series, titled “Richland Public Transit: Rethink Your Ride,” which published Dec. 27-30.

The Solutions Journalism series talked to a lot of local officials and state/national transit officials. We hope our reporting effort helps to set the stage for Richland County Transit’s strategic planning effort later this year.

On Thursday, Jan. 6, at noon, we want to hear more from you during a very informal “Coffee and Transit Talk” at Relax, It’s Just Coffee, 105 N. Main St.

If you haven’t already, take a few minutes and read over the series from last week. Then come prepared to ask questions and offer your thoughts on what improvements the public county bus service should consider — and which ones you think don’t make as much sense.

We will be honest with you. It’s time for some out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to public transit. No ideas too wild or too dumb. 

2022 Citizen’s Agenda

We will take notes and incorporate into future coverage, just as we used “Talk the Vote” to generate the 2020 Citizens’ Agenda we presented to Mansfield City Council on Tuesday night.

No formal rules are set for the hour-long session. We may help guide the conversation, but it’s your time to speak, offer thoughts and ask questions.

If you can’t make it, don’t despair. Email your thoughts to

Here is a look back at the series in the order of publication:

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