Hancock County’s rural public transportation system

HHWP Community Action Commission is the designated grantee responsible for general oversight of the Hancock Area Transportation Service, also known as HATS. As a Section 5311 rural public transportation system, HATS provides low-cost, demand response, public transportation to anyone within Hancock County for any purpose. There are no service eligibility requirements for passengers. The HATS program is funded in part by the Federal Transit Administration, Ohio Department of Transportation, United Way of Hancock County, contracts, local contributions, fares, and community donations.

Trips with a pickup or drop off within the city of Findlay are $1.50 per trip. Trips with a pickup or drop off within Hancock County but outside of the Findlay city limits are $2.50. With an approved application, elderly and disabled passengers pay a half-priced fare on any trips within Findlay/Hancock County. Out of county rides may be available, however, fares vary, and trips are coordinated.

  • HATS provided 40,170 trips in 2016
  • HHWP’s fleet consists of 19 vehicles– 17 of which are wheelchair accessible.
  • HATS’ vehicles traveled 384,063 service miles in 2016

In 2016, through a partnership with Hancock County Veterans Service, HATS implemented a program to provide free trips to veterans in Hancock County. Veterans simply need to have a Hancock County Veterans ID to be eligible for the free trips program.

Photo caption: Jerry, a disabled veteran living on a fixed income, regularly rides HATS.