Mar 4, 2016
RTA public meeting

A copy of the presentation to be given at this series of meetings is available here.

CLEVELAND -- On March 21, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) begins a series of public meetings to gather comments about proposed fare increases for buses, trains and Paratransit, as well as proposed service modifications.

“These proposals will affect every customer, and we want to hear from you,” said Joe Calabrese, RTA CEO and General Manager. “By law, we must balance our budget. To be good stewards of public money, we must look at all possible alternatives. Your comments will help guide our final decision, which will be made April 26 by the Board of Trustees.”

Calabrese said that RTA needs to close a $7 million gap in the 2016 operating budget, passed by the Board in December. He blamed part of the problem on weak transit funding by the State.

At the public meetings, customers will be asked to comment on modifications to a number of routes being considered for full or partial cuts. RTA’s goal is to impact the least number of customers. Modifications to these routes will impact less than 2 percent of RTA’s current customers.

Staff will also present several options for a bus/train fare increase. Fares have not been increased in 7 years. The proposed fare ranges are:

CASH FARE

Bus/Rapid/BRT Park-N-Ride Senior/Disabled Student Paratransit
Current Proposed Current Proposed Current Proposed Current Proposed Current Proposed
$2.25 $2.50 - $2.75 $2.50 $2.75 - $3.25 $1.00 $1.25 - $1.35 $1.50 $1.75 - $2.00 $2.25 $3.50 - $5.00

ALL-DAY PASS

Individual Senior/Disabled/Child
Current Proposed Current Proposed
$5.00 $5.50 - $6.00 $2.50 $2.75 - $3.00

FARECARDS / PASSES

5-Ride
Bus/Rapid/BRT Park-N-Ride Senior/Disabled Paratransit*
Current Proposed Current Proposed Current Proposed Current Proposed
$11.25 $12.50 - $13.75 $12.50 $13.75 - $16.25 $5.00 $6.25 - $7.25 $11.25 $17.50 - $25.00
7-Day
Bus/Rapid/BRT Park-N-Ride Senior/Disabled Paratransit*
Current Proposed Current Proposed Current Proposed Current Proposed
$22.50 $25.00 - $27.50 $25.00 $27.50 - $32.50 $10.00 $12.50 - $13.50 $22.50 $35.00 - $50.00

MONTHLY PASSES

Bus/Rapid/BRT Park-N-Ride Senior/Disabled Paratransit*
Current Proposed Current Proposed Current Proposed Current Proposed
$85.00 $95.00 - $105.00 $95.00 $105 - $123.50 $38.00 $48.00 - $51.30 $85.00 $133.00 - $190.00

*Proposed Paratransit farecard & pass prices reflect an increase in the base Paratransit fare

RTA is considering three Paratransit proposals:

  1. Fares may rise from the current $2.25 per ride to $3.50 per ride.
  2. ADA customers may no longer ride regular buses and trains for free.
  3. Personal Care Attendants may pay the regular fare on buses and trains.

Service changes will likely take effect in August. The proposed changes are as follows:

Discontinue Segment of Route Modify Day/Time of Route Discontinue Entire Route
#7: Monticello - Euclid Hts, east of Richmond Rd Waterfront Line: discontinue after 7:00pm eastbound trip, every evening except for Browns games #2: East 79th
#32: Cedar, east of David Myers Parkway and I-271 Green Line: discontinue after 8:00pm eastbound trip, every evening except for Browns games #43: Lake - Wolf
#34: E. 200 - Green, south of Shaker Blvd/Green Rd. Rapid Station #8: Cedar - E 116, discontinue evenings (generally after 6:30pm) and weekends #239 Euclid Park-N-Ride
#37: E. 185 - Taylor, south of Severance Town Center #77F: Brecksville, discontinue weekends #751/752/761: North Olmsted/Maple Heights Schools
#45-45A: Ridge, segment south of Tri-C West #86: Rocky River Dr - Berea, discontinue evenings (generally after 6:30pm) and weekends  
#78: W. 117 - Puritas, deviations to NASA Glenn Research Center & Wanda Ave.    
#79A-B: Fulton, south of Memphis Ave.     
#81: Tremont - Storer, deviations to Lakeview Terrace and W 7/Starkweather    
Consolidate weekday daytime #68: Bagley and #86: Rocky River Dr - Berea; discontinue #68 in Jefferson Parkway area and #86 south of Bagley Rd; link Tri-C West to Baldwin-Wallace University    

Public hearing / community meeting schedule

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 11:00am

Cleveland Public Library, Main Branch

525 W. Superior Ave.
Learning Commons, Second Floor

Cleveland, OH
44114

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 5:30pm

Cleveland State University

2121 Euclid Ave.
Berkman Hall, BH134

Cleveland, OH
44115

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 10:00am

RTA Main Office

1240 West 6th St
Board Room

Cleveland, OH
44113

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 3:00pm

RTA Main Office

1240 West 6th St
Board Room

Cleveland, OH
44113

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Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 5:30pm

Independence Library

6361 Selig Dr.
Community Meeting Room

Independence, OH
44131

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Monday, September 30, 2019 - 10:00am

Cedar Extension Hi-Rise

2320 E. 30th St.
Community Room

Cleveland, OH
44115

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Monday, September 30, 2019 - 5:30pm

Parma Library

6996 Powers Blvd.
Community Room A

Parma, OH
44129

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 11:30am

Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus

4250 Richmond Rd.
Room ESS 2410

Highland Hills, OH
44122

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 2:00pm

Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus

4250 Richmond Rd.
Room ESS 2410

Highland Hills, OH
44122

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 5:30pm

Beachwood Library

25501 Shaker Blvd.
Auditorium

Beachwood, OH
44122

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 10:00am

Louis Stokes/Windermere Rapid Station

14232 Euclid Ave.
East Cleveland, OH
44112

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 3:00pm

Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus

11000 W. Pleasant Valley Rd.
Student Services Building G, Room 4A

Parma, OH
44130

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Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 5:30pm

Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus

11000 W. Pleasant Valley Rd.
Student Services Building G, Room 4A

Parma, OH
44130

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Monday, October 7, 2019 - 2:00pm

Tower City Rapid Station

50 Public Square
Rotunda

Cleveland 44113

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Monday, October 7, 2019 - 6:00pm

Maple Heights Library

5225 Library Ln.
Large Meeting Room

Maple Heights, OH
44137

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 5:00pm

Collinwood Rec Center

16300 Lakeshore Blvd.
Community Room

Cleveland, OH
44110

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 5:30pm

Gunning Rec Center

16700 Puritas Ave.
Great Room

Cleveland, OH
44135

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Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 10:30am

Michael J. Zone Rec Center

6301 Lorain Ave.
Cleveland, OH
44102

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 10:00am

Southgate Transit Center

5491 Warrensville Center Road
Maple Heights, OH
44137

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 5:30pm

Don Umerley Civic Center

21012 Hilliard Blvd.
Memorial Hall

Rocky River, OH
44116

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Monday, October 21, 2019 - 5:30pm

Cleveland Heights Community Center

1 Monticello Blvd.
Room 7, Second Floor

Cleveland Heights, OH
44118

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