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Concerns about inequities as Greater Cleveland RTA raises fares

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/07/16 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transit

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s Board of Directors approved a fare increase today, its first hike in seven years. Starting in August, a one-way fare to ride the bus or train will rise from $2.25 to $2.50 (with an approved increase to $2.75 in 2018). After the public raised concerns about individual riders being asked to close a $7 million...

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Cleveland transit on the chopping block

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/27/16 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transit

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Board of Trustees met yesterday to hear a proposal for fare increases and service changes. It reflected the opinion of riders at 15 public meetings held March 21-April 6. Trustees asked the staff to revise certain recommendations and to make another presentation to them at their upcoming (May 10, 2016) board meeting. None of the proposed...

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Comparing transit in 10 Cleveland communities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/20/16 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transit

85.3% of all jobs in Cuyahoga County are located within a half-mile of a transit stop. That is well above the U.S. average of 61.1%. And yet, only 5.17% of commuters in the county use transit. Probably due to factors like the frequency—or how often the bus comes near to their home and their work—and what can be reached with...

<br />The AllTransit tool from Center for Neighborhood Technology displays many things about transit access - like this map showing jobs near transit in Cuyahoga County. <br /><br /><br /><br />

Mode share makes car lite trip more viable

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/04/16 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Driving

Like many families, we took a trip over spring break. We made part of our plan to reduce both personal and environmental costs in our choice of transportation modes.

<br />On the platform of the Los Angeles Metro<br />View from Amtrak Pacific Surfliner.<br />At Union Station in Los Angeles<br />Streecar and cyclists in San Diego<br />Waiting room at Sante Fe train station in San Diego<br />Taxi in Tijuana, Mexico<br />Riding the Red Line home in Cleveland.
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Cleveland transit advocates take aim at state leaders and Waterfront Line

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/21/16 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Transit

As Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority opened a two week schedule of public hearings on its proposed 3% cut to service and a fare hike, a group of transit riders rallied peacefully but with emotions on display outside its downtown office, calling on the agency to re-consider their decision.

Peaceful but pointed <br />A big turnout of protesters to service cuts and fare increase at RTA include Reverend Pamela Pinkney Butts who said that riders will not have their voices silenced by state leaders.<br /><br />Riders on the RTA HealthLine, a success story showing how transit can be at the center of revitalization when investments are made.

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