Metro Cleveland ranks 41st among nation's top 100 cities in linking transit riders to jobs, study sa
05/12/11 | Tom Breckenridge, The Plain Dealer
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Metropolitan Cleveland ranks 41st among the country's 100 largest metros in getting public transit riders to work, according to a ground-breaking analysis by the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.
RTA buses reach suburban job centers, but not with enough frequency, said Brad Chase, head of RTA's citizens advisory board.
It's the same with other big-city systems that were built to funnel workers downtown, not move them across suburbs, Chase said.
The sprawl of job centers is simply too costly for public transit, he said.
"The suburban development is just not well suited to being served by large buses running frequently," he said.
Chase joined Brookings experts in calling on planners and corporate leaders to direct new housing and new businesses to areas near transit hubs.