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 in 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