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RTA's Joe Calabrese to Ohio "You're not subsidizing transit"

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/28/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transit, Transportation choices

We caught up with Joe Calabrese, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority GM/CEO, about the challenges and opportunities for Ohio’s largest public transit agency. We asked Calabrese to consider: What will make transit an essential part of daily life for more people in Greater Cleveland? What makes transit successful especially when major projects like Public Square and Opportunity Corridor are proposed? When will Congress and...

Moving minds<br />RTA GM/CEO Joe Calabrese (right) with Board Chair George Dixon.Upsizing transit<br />RTA, Cleveland and Cleveland State will double the capacity on a rebuilt Clifton Line which Calabrese calls BRT on a budget. Image: Jerry Masek and RTA.Millennials are on board<br />Calabrese says RTA's Waterfront Line led to Ernst & Young (pictured) reducing parking and gaining financing for their Flats office tower.BRT is big<br />Calabrese credits the HealthLine with at least one of the four billion dollars in development in the corridor.

Ohio's Transit Needs investigation comes to CLE

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/22/14 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transit, Transportation choices

In 2013, The Ohio Legislature was asked to consider if its $7 million contribution to keep 61 transit systems and 115 million bus and train rides going every year was fair? The House asked ODOT to look at doing more. San Francisco firm Nelson Nygaard was brought in to study how and where the state could close the gap.

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Green awakening: Our car-lite family decade

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/09/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Transform, Walking

Back in the good old days of 1999, I didn’t give a second thought to how I got around. Like many, I turned the key in the ignition every day; I couldn’t imagine hopping on a bike or walking to the corner to wait for the bus. I didn’t know I had a choice to be “multi-modal” when I entered...

Building confidence<br />My wife, Corrie Slawson, pulls our son in a bike trailer. She started riding a bike again in the last year.My green decade<br />The author in EcoCity Cleveland's former offices at Lorain and Fulton.Moving up<br />EcoCity Cleveland's second home, the third floor attic space of the Beach home.Green guru<br />David Beach and the solar array on the roof of the Cleveland Environmental Center which Beach helped bring into being.Sustainability center<br />The Cleveland Environmental Center, at Lorain and Fulton, was the city's first green building retrofit (opening in 2003).Breaking ground<br />Manda Gillespie (left) worked tirelessly to bring the Cleveland EcoVillage Townhomes (at W. 58th Street) into being.EcoCity days<br />The staff of EcoCity Cleveland before it became GreenCityBlueLake.
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Look who's living car lite in Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/08/14 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transit

2014 marks the 17th anniversary of Car-free in Cleveland. In celebration, we looked for people living car free or “car lite” in Northeast Ohio. We asked them, what makes it possible to live with or without a car—what do they need in order to do this? (feel free to share your car free in CLE story in the comments section below).

Bike daddy<br />Tom Starinsky bikes home with his daughter from the nearby Shaker Square Farmer's Market.Next cycle<br />The Starinskys chose to live where their kids could walk (or trike) to school.Legally green<br />Austin McGuan, center (green pants), participates in 2014 Bike to Work Day.Walking the talk<br />Dr. Aparna Bole takes the RTA to University Hospital where she's working to instill more sustainability.Fast times<br />Artist and Cleveland resident Elizabeth Emery in her racing days.

Talking transit, green alternatives with NOACA chief Grace Gallucci

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/04/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Walking

On the eve of NOACA’s Strategic Plan discussion at ideastream, we revisit our lengthy conversation with the transportation planning agency’s (relatively) new Executive Director Grace Gallucci about her ideas for improving multi-modalism in the region.

NEO idea for transport<br />Hundreds of cyclists participate in May 2014 Critical Mass rideNew school<br />University Circle will have a two new Rapid stations including this one at Cedar Hill.

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