The past several weeks have been difficult for our Country, State and Communities, without a doubt. In the midst of a global pandemic, racial tension and community divisions, civil unrest has erupted within our streets, homes and businesses.
Serving as a champion for our region’s resilience through public service, this alteration of our communities has profoundly affected us at GCRTA. We are not simply public transportation providers, we are a community leader, we are an employer, we are an economic partner and we are public servants. Our agency represents thousands of essential workers and their families who are involved in conversations about social justice and equality.
The recent tragic and senseless deaths of Mr. George Floyd, Mr. Ahmaud Arbery, Ms. Breonna Taylor, and many others has created unrest in our country. It has left our families and businesses broken. It has left isolating effects on Americans of all ethnicities, creed and color now and for future generations. Many of our employees, customers and the communities we serve have been devastated by these events. Furthermore, they are hurt, angry, afraid and disappointed.
GCRTA has a responsibility to provide first class transportation services to ALL residents in Cuyahoga County. We must be the example for others to follow; we must do our part to embrace one another with respect, dignity and empathy in order to drive positive change.
As a public agency, we employ and serve a diverse population. We seek to promote and support diversity and inclusion across all areas of GCRTA and the communities we serve. As we move ahead, as individuals, as organizations, and as a unified community --- we must work collectively in order to motivate positive change.
We stand ready to aid in the fight against these ills and stand ready to be part of the solution. We are, and will always be, a community stronger together than apart.
Mayor Dennis M.Clough
RTA Board President
India L. Birdsong
General Manager, Chief Excutive Officer
Floun’say R. Caver, Ph.D.
Chief Operating Officer, Deputy General Manager - Operations