SARTA to build $4.25 million facility at 227 Tommy Henrich Drive NW

December 7, 2021

MASSILLON – The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) is pulling out of its downtown home over the last quarter century and plans to move to a nearly $4.25 million station to be built on the city’s northwest side.

SARTA is planning to cease all operations at its Hampton Inn transit center, 41 Erie St. S, by the end of the month and commence bus service Dec. 27 at 227 Tommy Henrich Drive NW.

Kirt Conrad, chief executive officer and executive director of SARTA, said a 5,571-square-foot transit center is planned for a 1.5-acre spot across from the Towne Plaza shopping center. It is to resemble the company’s Belden Village station.

“We’ve outgrown the Erie Street facility,” said Conrad. “With (recent) route changes and fleet of new buses, we don’t fit there anymore.”

SARTA was able to negotiate an exit clause within its lease with Charles Street Associates for the current downtown transit hub, Conrad said.


Bus tickets and passes at the existing downtown station will cease to be sold there starting Dec. 17. The customer service window at the location will permanently close then, too, according to Conrad.

However, passenger pickups and drop-offs will continue on Erie Street through Dec. 24.

The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) is pulling out of its existing bus station on Erie Street S in Massillon at the end of December.

Bus tickets and passes will continue to be available for purchase via SARTA’s other three stations, which include Belden Village, downtown Canton and Alliance.

Area riders can also utilize SARTA’s EZFare app, the Uber app, Transit app and the Moovit app to purchase mobile tickets and passes for use on all SARTA services.


By the end of December, SARTA will construct a temporary busing shelter that includes a ticket machine and accompanying sidewalk at 227 Tommy Henrich Drive to accommodate city passengers, Conrad said.

The permanent busing center is to be located just north of Citizens Bank on vacant Tommy Henrich property that had previously hosted city concerts and summer events.

Construction on the new transit facility is expected to start as early as spring, Conrad said.

An artist rendering of the new Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) facility planned for Tommy Henrich Drive NW in Massillon.

David Maley, the city’s economic development director, said SARTA’s new location will provide good exposure to state Route 21 and should be a benefit to city residents.

“I think anything that will allow citizens to have better access to public transportation is a plus for our area,” Maley said.