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The makers of Cleveland's real-time transit app

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/29/15 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Transit

The story behind Cleveland’s real-time transit app, which launched this month, evolved from an idea that has long floated in the ether. It took a small band of “civic hackers” to make a wedge that could open the data and some minds at transit agencies.

<br />Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority HealthLine. Image: Jerry Masek.

Five questions about bike share getting funded in Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/17/15 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation

NOACA recently approved a $357,000 grant for building a citywide bike share system in Cleveland. The ultimate goal is to raise $2 million to either expand the existing Zagster pilot project or start over with another operator. Earlier, a Cleveland Bike Share Feasibility study found the critical numbers Cleveland should aim for: 77 to 140 stations. That’s somewhere in the...

<br />Red Bike, the bike share service in Cincinnati, is a B-Cycle system. Image: UrbanCincy.

Cleveland protected bike lane, The Midway, gets green light

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/16/15 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation

The time is really ripe for Cleveland to build its first protected bike lane. Never has there been such a convergence of interested parties—and resources to be leveraged.

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Cleveland could become a test market for equity in transit

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/15/15 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Transit

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority posted growth in overall ridership for the fourth straight year, providing just shy of 50 million rides in 2014. RTA did this despite waning state funding support and flagging county sales tax receipts, which account for 70% of its revenue.

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Worst cities for enabling drunk driving in Northeast Ohio

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/11/15 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Driving

When you pass a bar with a huge parking lot in front has the thought occured that one of those cars might not get home unscathed? When you and some friends get together for a few drinks, how do you get to—and more importantly—home from the bar?

<br />A bar in Lyndhurst, OH where zoning encourages drink driving. Images: Google.<br />A bar in Lakewood where zoning encourages walking to the pub.

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