Clevelanders for Public Transit asks RTA Board to implement
CLEVELAND, December 17, 2019:
Riders from Clevelanders for Public Transit provided
public comments asking the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit
Authority Board of Trustees to implement the full redesign
of RTA’s transit system in 2020 at its RTA board meeting.
Internationally recognized transit consultant Jarrett Walker
presented the findings of a year-long transit system redesign
study at the board meeting,
A transit system redesign is a collaborative planning effort to
decide where transit service should go, starting from a clean
slate. Many of RTA’s bus routes mirror streetcar routes from 100
years ago and don’t effectively serve the needs of today’s
riders. This is an opportunity to bring RTA’s service into the
“From Columbus to Houston to Richmond, Virginia, transit
agencies around the country are updating their transit networks
and growing ridership,” said Dana Beveridge, Lead
Organizer of CPT. “With RTA ridership hitting an all-time low,
RTA must take action to get riders back on the bus.”
In 2016, members of CPT first recommended that RTA implement a
system redesign to reverse RTA’s continuing ridership decline.
In early 2018, CPT released the
platform which recommended improving the transit network to
increase the number of jobs accessible via transit within
reasonable travel times.
Cuyahoga County Council’s Regional Transportation Advisory
also released a report
that RTA explore a system redesign in order to improve operating
In February, RTA began a system redesign study as part of its
Five Pillar Studies with three rounds of surveys and public
engagement. The latest concepts presented to the public would
result in 167,000 more people and 50,000 more jobs being within
a half mile of 15 minute or better transit service.