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Riders present hundreds of letters in support of local transit funding

CLEVELAND: On July 23, 2018, over 100 transit riders from Clevelanders for Public Transit [CPT] marched from the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s [GCRTA’s] headquarters to Public Square and rallied for transit funding.

On July 24, 2018, members of CPT presented over 700 letters to the RTA’s Board of Trustees calling on the Board to place a transit funding levy on the ballot this November. Riders spoke and presented the letters during the at 9 a.m. Board meeting at RTA’s Headquarters at 1240 W 6th St in downtown Cleveland.

According to its press release, RTA is losing $20 million in annual funding due to a change in state sales tax collection policy which will result in significant service cuts to an already inadequate and shrinking system. Funding is urgently needed i​n order to reverse the current death spiral by providing immediate fare relief and service restoration. ​ In order to ​reestablish public trust and reform the organization, CPT is calling for the levy to be renewable after five years.

RTA’s Board of Trustees has supported the longest-serving transit administration in the country while those who depend on transit to provide for their family, to access medical care and to better themselves through education have endured rising fares and reduced service.

In 2006, a single trip on RTA cost only $1.25. Since that time, fares have doubled while service has declined by over 25 percent. The result is record-low ridership of just 39.5 million rides last year -- a decrease of over 30 percent in the past decade. 

CPT is also calling on Cleveland’s Mayor Frank Jackson, County Executive Budish, and the Mayors and Managers Association to include daily RTA riders as well as experts in rail and bus operation, finance and budget, land use, real-estate law and environmental sustainability. This will allow the Board of Trustees to make better informed decisions, rather than approving staff recommendations without careful consideration.

CPT is calling on RTA’s Board of Trustees to immediately reverse the death spiral by putting transit funding on the ballot this November. ​ “Residents of Cuyahoga County deserve the public transit service that will move our region forward for all,” concluded the press release.

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