I spent two days at Transit Police in-service training as part of their annual training days. Along with nine other officers attending this training, we learned basic tactical medicine and active threat response. Let me tell you, it was harder than I thought, and not just because I have a weak stomach for blood.
Here at RTA the pride we feel in our work is across the board, and that’s no exception for our Transit Police Department. RTA has its very own Color Guard/Honor Guard and they stand at the forefront of the department’s pride. Comprised of 10 officers representing Transit Police, and RTA, to provide and protect a safe, reliable, clean and courteous public transit service. The RTA Transit Police Department has had a Color Guard/Honor Guard since 1988. Color Guard participates in celebratory events, and the Honor Guard participates in solemn occasions.
Can you believe it? It’s been 10 years since Sustainable Cleveland launched in 2009! Please join us for the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Summit on October 16th at Cleveland Public Auditorium, where we will celebrate 10 years of progress and build our future. Please join us for Mayor Frank Jackson's Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Summit, October 16th at Public Auditorium (500 Lakeside Ave). Every year, 500+ community and business leaders, government officials, students, and residents work together to help transform Cleveland into a "green city on a blue lake."
One of the advances RTA made a few years back was the introduction of real-time vehicle location and stop time prediction. This gave our customers access to decision-making tools they didn't previously have available, and made choosing transit an easier option.
RTA is investing in a well-rounded experience for all riders, with all vehicles in its fleet offering free WiFi to riders.
While actively making strides to close the digital divide, RTA is working to bridge the gap for homes and neighborhoods that have limited to no access to technology via the internet. So with an AT&T contract investment of $2 million for 5 years for a complete cellular and Wi-Fi communications upgrade overhaul, RTA is becoming a solution and an advocate for education and educational success.
RTA’s Transit Police department handles calls for service and other emergencies just like every other police department in Ohio. Our 140 sworn officers pledge to keep not only RTA’s staff and riders, but everyone in Greater Cleveland safe every day. This past July, Officer Greg Theiss was on his break when someone approached him about a man about to jump off a bridge. Officer Theiss responded quickly to the bridge at W. 140-Lorain, which is just above our rapid tracks by the West Park Rapid Transit Station.
Work on the S-Curve retaining wall is on schedule to be completed by the end of August. A total of 75 steel frames have been erected and a layer of anti-corrosion and ultraviolet protection coating is being applied. There is still work taking place closer to the Airport for track and infrastructure improvements. RTA has been proactive in the repair of the S Curve; this video shows the most up to date progress.
RTA pilots solar real-time bus arrival information signs
By: Mandy Metcalf, Planning Team Leader - Programming & Planning Dept.
Knowing exactly when your bus will arrive makes riding transit easier and less stressful. That’s why RTA is testing solar real-time arrival information signs from CHK Connectpoint. The signs list when the bus is coming for all the routes at the stop and update every minute based on the actual position of the bus. These signs are located on the outside of the shelter or on a pole nearby for easy rider access.
You could say Nick Krehel Jr. was born into his position at RTA. He’s a third generation RTA employee, his grandfather was a rail operator, his father was a dispatcher at Paratransit, his brother Justin is an Equipment Servicer, and Nick works as an Equipment Repair Leader.
Leslie Rivers just celebrated her 19th anniversary here at RTA as a bus operator and has definitely made those years count! You can always find her with a smile on her face. She lives by her philosophy, “Treat people the way you want to be treated. You never know someone’s story. I’m not above anyone and I never want to take anything for granted. Always give back.” Her passengers enjoy seeing her every day, as she is a beacon of light while crossing their paths.