The second week of February is always Ohio Loves Transit week, which means we here at RTA get to celebrate our riders by surprising them with small tokens of our appreciation for taking transit. This year, we decided it would be fun to pop up at stations and stops around the county sharing small goodie bags with Valentine's Day candy and a 2-trip pass to those waiting for the bus or train. This was also a great opportunity to encourage people to join the GOhio Commute challenge for the month of February for which riders are able to win additional prizes.
RTA’s Safe Place program is not just for youths in crisis. Earlier this month, an 87 year old woman was lost and confused when she boarded a bus in the Mayfield/Warrensville area. She was unable to explain where she was or wanted to go, and our staff went above and beyond to make her feel comfortable. Operator Primetta, Service Quality Coordinator D’Von, and Service Quality Supervisor Sharon were the epitome of customer service in this situation. RTA staff were able to learn the woman’s address, contact her daughter and get her home safely.
On January 28, 2020 we celebrated our first ever Signing Day at Ohio Technical College (OTC). This great opportunity reenforces our partnership with Ohio Technical College, and the hiring of an upcoming OTC graduate for our entry-level Equipment Servicer 442 position with Ethan Hellickson. While at OTC, our Human Resources Department was able to meet with students to discuss other opportunities at RTA.
We look forward to working with our new hire, Mr. Hellickson, as well as future new hires as a result of our partnership with Ohio Technical College.
We see it on the news every week. Somebody disappears- maybe for a short time, maybe for a long time, maybe forever. Often, they are victims of human trafficking- modern day slavery of global proportions. RTA and other public transit agencies are committed to raising awareness of this problem, and joining in the fight to eliminate it.
RTA maintains more than 1,000 shelters throughout Greater Cleveland. These shelters provide our customers with a comfortable place to wait for their bus.
Keeping these shelters clean and attractive is a key priority.
Shelters are cleaned regularly, however, there are times, like in the winter, when special attention may be needed.
Even with this level of service, it is often difficult to keep shelters in optimum condition for our customers and their neighborhoods.
RTA’s Adopt-A-Shelter program is one solution to this issue.
Fred Wilson, one of RTA’s Electronic Equipment Technicians, has been with RTA for 28 years, and for the past 14 years he has also been training young boxers in the Fairfax neighborhood. He developed a passion for boxing at a young age, finding stability and structure in the sport which helped keep him out of trouble.
This year, RTA is helping to spread some holiday cheer with decorated trains! The hard work of our rail shop is evident in their lights and hand painted windows.
Have you seen the holiday trains? They're in regular service on the Red, Blue and Green Lines through the holiday season.
If you happen to catch one in the wild, take a picture! We'd love to see it :) Use #RTAHolidayTrain.
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There is no shortage of fun and interesting things to do in Cleveland. This holiday season, join in on some of these lesser known events… and get there on RTA!
On Thursday Nov 21, a small group or RTA employees volunteered at the Greater Cleveland Foodbank Produce Distribution.
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Transit Police K-9, Kubo, has become the proud recipient of a custom designed protective vest, thanks to the fund-raising efforts of 10-year-old Brady Snakovsky of Strongsville.