RTA cuts to impact Westshore
Rocky River Civic Center to host public
By Kevin Kelley
Published July 23, 2008
Don Umerley Civic Center will host the first of five scheduled public
hearings at which residents can comment on proposed service reductions
and a fuel surcharge.
is scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Civic Center, located at 21016
Hilliard Boulevard. That meeting is the only one scheduled to take
place in the Westshore.
On July 15,
RTA’s board of trustees voted unanimously to approve a resolution
considering service cuts and fare hikes to reduce a projected $20
million budget deficit for 2009.
If, after the
series of public meetings, the cuts and fare increases are approved
by the RTA board, they will go into effect in October.
Under the proposed
fare changes, a ride on a bus or rapid car would jump from $1.75
to $2.25 – 2.50, according to an RTA news release. For seniors and
the disabled, the cost of a ride, which is now 75 cents, would jump
to $1.10 – 1.25. Riding a bus from one of the Park-N-Ride routes
popular with many commuters would increase from two dollars to $2.75
An all-day pass,
which now costs four dollars, would rise to between five or six
dollars. The all-day pass for seniors, the disabled and children,
would increase from $1.75 to between $2.50 and three dollars.
A monthly pass
to ride a bus or rapid train, which now costs $63, would rise to
between $85.50 and $95. For seniors, the cost would go from $29
to as much as $47.50. A monthly pass to commute downtown from a
Park-N-Ride lot would jump from $70 to as much as $114.
routes serving the Westshore would be discontinued all together
under RTA’s proposals. These are:
#43 Lake – Wolf
#46 Rocky River - Westlake
#49 Center Ridge
#87F Westwood / I-90
#96F Butternut - Hilliard
RTA is also
considering the elimination of all community circulator routes,
including the 804 Lakewood Community Circulator, the 808 West Shore
Community Circulator, and the 822 Southwest Community Circulator.
several Westshore lines will see cuts in service. The #52 Westgate-West
Park route will operate all #52 Westgate trips via Lorain and West
210th Street. Late night service to Fairview Hospital, the Brookpark
Rapid station and Hopkins Airport will be discontinued.
The #55F West
Shore Flyer line will discontinue service west of Bradley Road,
thus ending service to and from Avon Lake.
The #70 Bunts
– West 150th Street line, which serves parts of Lakewood, will end
The #75X North
Olmsted line will become a Red Line feeder route operating between
North Olmsted and the West Park Rapid Station only. Service along
Triskett Road, Berea Road, and West 117th Street in Cleveland will
end. In North Olmsted, the runs along Porter, Wisteria, Oring, Lansing,
Devon, Tudor and Berkshire will be discontinued.
RTA says the
fare hikes and service cuts are needed because of reductions in
state funding and the sharp increases in the cost of diesel fuel.
Dennis Clough, who has been on the RTA board since 1999, said the
transit agency’s fuel costs were just under $5 million a few years
ago; in 2009, the are projected to be about $24 million, Clough
said he is a supporter of public transportation, noted that it’s
ironic and unfortunate that the fare increases and service cuts
come at a time when more people are using public transit because
of the rising price of gasoline.
Beside the meeting
at the Rocky River Civic Center, additional public comment meetings
will be held at the following times and locations:
• Aug. 5: Noon, Cleveland Public Library Auditorium,
325 Superior Ave. NE
• Aug. 5: 6 p.m., Cleveland City Hall Room 220, 601
E Lakeside Ave
• Aug. 6: 6 p.m., Cleveland Heights Community Center,
One Monticello Blvd. at Mayfield Road
• Aug. 7: 6 p.m., Brooklyn Senior Community Center,
7727 Memphis Ave.
Those who are
unable to attend a public meeting can send comments by Aug. 18 to
RTA at the following address:
RTA Marketing and Communications Department
1240 West Sixth Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
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