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We need to stop treating light rail like its a precious heirloom

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/19/19 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

The history of the light rail line in Cleveland is well told — it includes real estate speculators, the Van Sweringens, building their line connecting downtown Cleveland to suburban enclave Shaker Heights. Along the way, they managed to develop land into tax-revenue-producing properties like Shaker Square, and, ultimately, the Terminal Tower.

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Frequent bus, Frequent bus all day activists urge RTA Board

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/17/19 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

It was a red letter day as Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s Board of Trustees heard loud and clear from Portland-based transit expert Jarrett Walker — and from the collective voice of rider advocates, Clevelanders for Public Transit (CPT) — that Cleveland’s bus system needs a redesign. “Without delay” in the words of CPT volunteer Chris Stocking who belted out...

<br />Clevelanders for Public Transit rally in Public SquareRTA bus redesign proposal from Jarrett Walker<br />The most likely scenario to get adopted by RTA is redesigning the bus routes with current funding. It includes a little more frequency (every 15 minutes or better) on weekdays while maintaining coverage to the existing service area by minimizing duplication and by reducing frequencies in areas of low demand from 40 to 60 minutes.A better option for RTA<br />What could help RTA make the case for more local and state funding is the bus redesign by Jarrett Walker that would be able to run more high frequency service (every 15 minutes or better) 7 days a week while maintaining coverage throughout the existing service area.

Replacing stereotypes of Cleveland at heart of Mobility Imperative

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/30/19 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

A review of Cleveland's Mobility Imperative: Designing for flow and meaningful interaction by Justin Glanville and Richey Piiparinen with support from the Cleveland Foundation.

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Mobility conversation heats up on highways, if they violated civil rights

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/29/19 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

A mobility conversation at the Cleveland City Club started out politely but ended with a painful reminder of how race and class were bound up in decisions involving billions of tax payer dollars.

<br />NOACA's update of the region's Long-Range Transportation Plan is an opportunity to change direction and promote better transportation choices.<br />Interstate 90 rendered neighborhoods in Cleveland into segregated areas. Aerial photo from Cleveland State University collection.

Cleveland and its suburbs are not smart growth, says Smart Growth president

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/26/19 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices, NEO Sustainable Communities

Cleveland got more than a few finger wags from the nation's leading smart growth advocate. Cleveland has its “hot spots” of growth that attract new residents. The common bond is their walkability, said Smart Growth America President, Calvin Gladney, speaking at the Cleveland City Club.

<br />Smart Growth America President Calvin Gladney at Cleveland City Club<br />A cyclists on Euclid Avenue which is vibrant and attractive thanks to its 2008 transportation investment that leveraged billions in private investment<br />

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