A public hearing

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

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 possible 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

Three Paratransit proposals are being considered:

  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

Monday, March 21, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Main Office, Board Room

1240 W.6th
Cleveland, OH
44113-1302

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Served by E-Line and B-Line trolleys.

Monday, March 21, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Main Office, Board Room

1240 W.6th
Cleveland, OH
44113-1302

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Served by E-LineB-Line, and C-Line trolleys.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Cuyahoga County Library - Maple Heights

5225 Library Ln.
Maple Heights, OH
44137

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Served by routes 40 and 90F.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Cuyahoga Community College - Western Campus

11000 Pleasant Valley Rd.
Parma, OH
44130

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Served by routes 45-45A, 68 (until 7:15pm) and 83.

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Lakeview Tower

2700 Washington Ave.
Cleveland, OH
44113

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Served by route 81.

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Cuyahoga County Library - Richmond Heights

5235 Wilson Mills Rd.
Richmond Heights, OH
44143

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Served by routes 7 and 94.

Monday, March 28, 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Murtis H. Taylor Multi-Service Center

13422 Kinsman Rd.
Cleveland, OH
44120

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Served by routes 14 and 48-48A.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church

9201 Brecksville Rd.
Brecksville, OH
44141

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Served by route 77F.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Sagrada Familia Catholic Church

7719 Detroit Ave.
Cleveland, OH
44102

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Served by route 26.

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Euclid Public Library

631 E 222 St.
Euclid, OH
44123

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Served by routes 28 (until 7:00pm), 30, and 94.

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

St. James AME Church

8401 Cedar Ave.
Cleveland, OH
44103

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Served by route 8.

Monday, April 4, 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Cedar Extension High Rise

2320 E 30 St
Cleveland, OH
44115

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Served by routes 8, 11, 14, and 15 (all within 1 block).

Monday, April 4, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Tremont Pointe

2556 W 6 St.
Cleveland, OH
44113

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Served by route 81.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Gunning Recreation Center

16700 Puritas Ave.
Cleveland, OH
44135

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Served by routes 78 and 86.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Cleveland Fairfax Recreation Center

2335 E 82 St.
Cleveland, OH
44104

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Served by routes 2 (until 7:30pm), 8, and 11.

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