Rob Atkinson, Service Quality Inspector

Rob Atkinson is one of RTA’s finest Service Quality Inspectors and has been part of the RTA family for almost 18 years. Rob began as a driver at Harvard and then Triskett where he worked his way up to being an ambassador on the trolleys. Rob has a long line of family members who have worked for public transit, so he sure has a lot to live up to. He has family generations long before his time working for RTA and with his initials being “RTA”, you could say he was born into his career!

Operation KidWatch

Do you have an upcoming event you would like RTA’s Transit Police to attend? We offer a program called Operation KidWatch, where children interact with Transit Police Officers and learn valuable safety tips. Operation KidWatch also creates child IDs, where in the event of an emergency, parents will have updated information on their child including a recent picture, thumbprint, height, weight, eye color, etc. Upon request, we are able to provide safety talks, demonstrations and even the opportunity to do a Q/A with our K-9 handlers and their dogs!

Lorain County's 2019 Big Brother of the Year, Zach McLeish

Congratulations to RTA Transit Police officer, Zach McLeish for being awarded the 2019 Lorain County Big Brother of the Year! Since being matched to Little Brother, Hunter in November 2011, they get together twice per week enjoying activities such as going to the park, going to the movies, and even bonding over their love of Fantasy Football. Luckily, they only live a block away from each other.

Cold Weather? We're keeping service alive!

Cold Weather- Keepin’ service alive!

The best way to spend a polar vortex day is snuggled up under the covers in your warm house. But not everyone has the luxury of having their business close for the day, working from home, or calling in for a personal day. The mechanics, hostlers, operators, and other district staff still report to work, no matter the weather, in order to keep RTA operations up and running.

So who are these stellar employees?

Northeast Ohio loves Transit Challenge

Here at RTA, we value our riders! That is why we are teaming up with NOACA’s GOhio Commute to reward YOU for taking the bus or train instead of driving for the entire month of February! The challenge is open to riders in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina Counties. After signing up for the Northeast Ohio Loves Transit Challenge, you are eligible to ride twice a day, 7 days a week while tracking your distance, money saved, CO2 savings, and even calories burned.

Casey Blaze, Rail Equipment Manager

The trains don’t put themselves back together when something falls off the rails. Behind the scenes, it takes a small army of mechanics at the Rail Shop split between 3 shifts, working day and night to ensure you are transported to your destination safely. Rail Equipment Manager, Casey Blaze and his team work hard on maintaining RTA standards for you to have a safe, reliable, clean and courteous experience. On average, RTA serves around 7 million riders per year on the rail system.

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