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Despite growth, Greater Cleveland RTA forced to cut direct service from suburbs to downtown

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/29/15 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Cuts coming<br />RTA will cut its remaining direct to downtown suburban bus service on March 1, 2015.

First, the good news: The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Agency (GCRTA) reported this week that—polar vortexes aside—2014 saw positive growth in transit riders, totalling 49.25 million. RTA has charted four straight years of growth in a tough economic climate, with the largest increase, a big 6.7%, coming in Paratransit riders who, because of their disabilities, are unable to independently travel...more

Cuyahoga County ventures into Complete Streets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/21/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

When the City of Cleveland adopted Complete Streets in 2011, it activated a conversation in Northeast Ohio.

Green and Complete<br />Complete Streets in Cuyahoga County could look like this concept for the East Side Greenway

Ohio's conspicuous absence from Innovative DOT report

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/19/15 @ 11:30am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

We tend not to think of Departments of Transportation as hotbeds of innovation. And that’s too bad. Because state DOTs in a handful of cases have been active in creating vibrant, bike and transit-connected places (see Minneapolis and Davis, California—considered the most bike friendly cities in America). This is a story about how DOTs overcame Cold War-era thinking, and, just...

<br />Examples of highway induced sprawl in Northeast Ohio<br />

NOACA moves closer to mode choice

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/15/14 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

In a June 2014 interview with GCBL, Northeast Ohio’s top transportation official, Grace Gallucci, promised sweeping reforms and a new era of fiscal responsibility at NOACA. A former budget director at RTA, Gallucci said that the region needs to align its priorities with the rest of the country’s. Job one would be to bring existing roads into a state of...

<br />A family enjoys the Detroit Avenue bike lane in Cleveland which was installed in 2014

A look inside Cleveland's complete streets: Is it working?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/12/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

When Cleveland passed its Complete Streets ordinance in 2011, it was hailed as a watershed moment. The city was struggling, as it is now, to meet the needs of a large population living in poverty and also attract new, younger residents. Complete Streets presented possibilities for both.

<br />Critical Mass in the summer of 2014<br />Bioswale bump outs calm traffic and make it easier for pedestrians to enjoy Literary and Professor in Tremont.<br /><br />A family enjoys the use of the new Detroit Avenue bike lane installed in 2014

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