CLEVELAND, OH -- The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is partnering with The Ohio Public Transit Association (OPTA) and the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) to promote a statewide initiative to celebrate transit in Ohio.
A special “Ohio Loves Transit Day” celebration on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, is just one of the promotional days this month in which RTA joins NOACA in promoting a weekly raffle for those taking the bus or train to work instead of driving. Details about NOACA’s initiative are here.
NOACA's Northeast Ohio Loves Transit Challenge is open to all transit riders in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, and Medina Counties. Take the bus or train to work instead of driving during February, and you'll be eligible for weekly raffle drawings. The top three transit riders will take home the grand prizes! This is open to individual riders. Entries are limited to two trips per day.
RTA is also joining with OPTA and participating agencies from across the state to ask riders to share why they support public transit, and to "drive home" their messages with state and federal leaders. Follow RTA on twitter @GCRTA and facebook to join in the conversation.
“We’re glad to participate with OPTA and NOACA during this week and highlight the way public transit moves communities forward and to promote the need for transit funding in Cuyahoga County,” said Dr. Floun’say Caver, RTA’s interim CEO and general manager.
“RTA connects people with important destinations. Our data shows that 60% take transit to work, 23% to school and 9% to health care,” Caver said. “This is an opportunity for our riders to share why public transit is important to their daily lives and that we need the support of our legislators to keep our systems growing.”
According to OPTA, transit also drives Ohio’s economy, with national statistics showing that every $1 invested in public transit generates $4 in economic return. Whether it’s getting to area shopping centers, local airports, libraries, parks, bike trails, or countless other leisure time destinations – public transit gets you there.
Linda Scardilli Krecic