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, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) announced upcoming service reductions for 15 bus and train routes at its board meeting Tuesday.
Responding to impassioned public comments, CEO and GM Joe Calabrese said that he knew these reductions, which will be implemented on March 11, will inflict pain on RTA's customers. He said, though, that given forthcoming budget cuts, he was confident this decision will inflict the least
amount of pain.
Additional service cuts and layoffs are anticipated later in 2018, as is an additional $0.25 fare hike, (the first of which was initiated in 2016). Earlier this month, Calabrese estimated that as many as 200 employees may be laid off this year. Yesterday, he said that while exact numbers were difficult to predict, RTA would "significantly cut" the total hours of labor.
Here are the routes that will see service reductions in March. Calabrese maintained that these were the least-used routes and times, but this still sucks. The fact that the east-side Blue and Green rapid lines will only have trains arriving every 20 minutes during the morning and evening rush is a shocker, as are the reductions to the the main west-side routes — #22 (Lorain), #26 (Detroit) and #55 (CSU Line) — at both peak and non-peak hours.
Better download that Transit app, if you haven't already.
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