CLEVELAND, OH -- The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is joining efforts with the Ohio Public Transit Association (OPTA) and the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) to thank transit riders and to celebrate the State’s public transit investment initiatives.
In Greater Cleveland, RTA riders will receive “thank you” goodie bags at random stops throughout the system in celebration of “Ohio Loves Transit” week. Customers may also participate in NOACA’s GoOhio Commute promotion. Just take the bus or train to work instead of driving and log your trips on Gohio Commute and you'll be entered to win prizes. To learn more and start logging your trips, visit the link here.
“We are proud to participate with OPTA and NOACA during this important week,” said RTA CEO and General Manager, India Birdsong. “This provides us an opportunity to thank RTA’s most important asset, its customers. We also thank our legislators for the $105 million they recently invested in public transit systems statewide, enabling RTA and systems like ours to enhance mobility that spurs economic development.”
According to OPTA, transit drives Ohio’s economy, with national statistics showing that every $1 invested in public transit generates $4 in economic return. Whether it’s getting to area shopping centers, local airports, libraries, parks, bike trails, or countless other leisure time destinations—Ohio transit can get you there.
Ohio’s public transportation systems are striving to meet the daily mobility needs of Ohio’s growing senior population, along with keeping up with the capital need to move workers, students, and those without access to their own vehicles. Public transportation in Ohio comes in many shapes and forms, from rail and streetcars, to buses, vans, and bikes.
Ohio’s transit systems also provide a vital link to thousands of people with disabilities, by providing rides to work, job training programs, medical appointments and adult day care facilities. With the “baby boomer” generation aging, the needs for these services has grown, and both urban and rural transit agencies alike are working to ensure all citizens have the access to the transportation services they need to remain an active part of their community.
For more information, visit the OPTA website at www.ohioneedstransit.org.
Linda Scardilli Krecic