Van Wert to Partner with Liberty Mobility Now for Improved Rural Transportation

Van Wert County, OH  Today, United Way of Van Wert County, the Van Wert County Department of Health, and the Van Wert County Hospital announce their partnership with Liberty in order to improve rural transportation options within the county.

This partnership will provide new solutions to the transportation challenges faced by the residents of Van Wert County. Liberty Mobility Now (Liberty) is a rural and small urban Mobility as a Service (MaaS) provider. Liberty’s mission is to connect communities through technology, public-private partnerships, and deploying Liberty Drivers where there is need. Residents can request rides through multiple mediums; Liberty offers advanced smart phone technology for individuals to request trips as well a call center for those who want to visit with a person to set up an account or book a trip.

“Our key solution is to improve mobility in rural areas by connecting various types of public transportation with a rural Uber version,” said Valerie Lefler, President & CEO. “Our drivers can help improve service at night or on weekends, or when a public transit is not available at all in a community.”

The Lima Area Agency on Aging (AAA3) is supportive of Liberty’s efforts in this arena and is proud to see the expansion of resources in the area that inspire, educate, and empower older adults, persons with disabilities, and family caregivers. Erica Petrie, the Mobility Manager for AAA3, stated “We are thrilled that Liberty has chosen to launch in Van Wert County and are in full support of this unique mobility option that we believe can fill the transportation gaps experienced by Van Wert County residents.”

Vicki Smith, Executive Director of United Way of Van Wert County, is also very enthusiastic and supportive of the introduction of Liberty’s services. “We are very excited to play a role in bringing Liberty Mobility Now to Van Wert County. Transportation has been identified over and over again as an unmet need in our community. This is a great opportunity to provide further resources to our United Way agencies, their clients, and our community as a whole” stated Smith.

An additional partner, The Van Wert County Hospital, is supportive and eager to offer Liberty’s services to Van Wert County residents. Jim Pope, CEO at Van Wert County Hospital shared, “Achieving a healthy community with healthy people will require affordable transportation solutions for people who have limited or no means to access critical health care and healthy living resources, and our partnership with Liberty is one step towards eliminating these transportation barriers.”

To learn more about the service or sign up to become a Liberty driver, individuals may visit, or call 1-888-785-4237.