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Monday, May 16, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

RTA Board meeting on Waterfront Line cuts

RTA has proposed making up a facing a 2016 budget shortfall of $7 million through service modifications, fare increases or a combination of the two.

RTA held 15 public meetings, with more than 900 persons attending and 515 persons offering public comment, either in person, by phone or by mail.

RTA staff listened to those comments, and presented a modified proposal on both fares and service levels to the Board of Trustees on April 26. As a result of that discussion, it was decided to further investigate the utilization of, and costs associated with, the Waterfront Line.

The Waterfront Line currently operates every 15 minutes from approximately 6:45 a.m. to midnight on weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to midnight on weekends. The original proposal discussed at the public meetings was to reduce weekday service to end at approximately 7 p.m.

RTA increased service levels on the Waterfront Line to support the opening of the Flats East Bank development. Although ridership has grown, it is less than what was anticipated and may not support the current investment.

As a result, RTA has scheduled another public hearing for noon on May 16 at the RTA Main Office to seek comment on one or more proposals to reduce the hours of service on the Waterfront Line. This reduction may affect weekday and/or weekend service.

Because of this additional public hearing, no final decision on fares or service levels is expected by the RTA Board until June 7, 2016. It is anticipated that the changes, if approved in June, will be effective in August as originally planned.

RTA Main Office
1240 West Sixth Street
Cleveland, OH

More information: www.ridrta.com

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