April 2020 brought many things to Greater Cleveland: a worldwide pandemic, words like quarantine and social distancing, and the start of annual construction season.
Have your riding habits on transit changed since COVID-19?
What would make you feel more comfortable on transit?
What if everyone was wearing a mask or face covering, would you ride?
Greater Cleveland RTA (GCRTA) is re-opening its ADA Office, located inside our Main Office Building. Beginning Wednesday, June 3, 2020 the office will reopen, by appointment to serve our ADA customers. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone has been forced to look at the way we do business and how we can keep our staff and customers safe.
Frank Berry, a 2003 retiree, began his career at GCRTA in 1976 at the Woodhill district as a fixed route bus operator. He came here with the mindset of a short-term opportunity, but soon found a life-long career in transit. Mr. Berry drove the bus for 12 years, experiencing so much of what the city has to offer. With a good driving record, he left Woodhill District and took an opportunity at Rail as a Vehicle Servicer.
We celebrate you, today, K-9 Officer Kubo! In your three short years on the Transit Police force, you have accomplished so much. As the department’s only dual-purpose K-9, you were trained in the areas of explosive detection, patrol, tracking and aggression and building and area search. Greater Cleveland and the RTA were kept a little safer due to your diligence doing sweeps at local events such as parades and races, and larger events like the recent MLB All Star Game and festivities and the Cleveland National Air Show.
Detective William Lowe
A 23 year veteran of the Transit Police Department, Detective William Lowe has and continues to perform at an exemplary level.
GCRTA has many heroes working each day. We would like to recognize some of them for their work during the COVID-19 crisis.
Part-time hostlers Gary Featherstone and Deonte Lykes volunteered to come from their home districts to Paratransit to assist during a critical shortage of hostlers. Because of their dedication, Paratransit was able to meet the cleaning protocols GCRTA set up during the pandemic. We thank them for their hard work and dedication to GCRTA and providing safe, reliable, clean and courteous public transportation!
RTA is installing clear vinyl curtains on all buses and paratransit vehicles to provide a protective barrier between operators and customers.
The barriers are made of clear, marine grade vinyl and are custom cut to provide a secure enclosure that extends from the back of the bus operator’s seat to the front windshield and from the ceiling to the floor, between the seat and the fare box. Double-sided Velcro is being used to position the vinyl in place.
During the coronavirus pandemic, Cleveland RTA has continually looked for ways to keep our customers and employees safe. Additional safety measures have been taken and enhanced cleaning protocols have been developed in order to disinfect and sanitize high traffic areas and all touchable surfaces.
If you've looked at our online schedules since the announcement of our temporary service reduction (taking effect April 12), you may have noticed a small difference in how they look. No, I'm not talking about the overall reduction in the number of trips available -- that's obvious.