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Greater Cleveland transit needs - what the state found and ignored

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/29/16 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transit

If you’ve been following the news on RTA’s budget crisis, and its deliberations this Tuesday by its Board Finance Committee to raise fares 11% then you’re probably wondering what could forestall the increase (and related 3% cut of bus routes).

Go long<br />The longer, articulated HealthLine buses improved the efficiency and lowered the operating costs for Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, GM Joe Calabrese said.

Greater Cleveland RTA finances: A look inside the numbers

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/26/16 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Transit

As the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Board prepares to take up its deliberations on a fare increase of 25 cents per ride and $1.25 for its Paratransit customers on Tuesday, March 1 (9 a.m. at its offices on West 6th Street) we take a look at the agency’s financial audit over the past decade.

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Greater Cleveland RTA head Joe Calabrese warns Ohio to wake up or miss out

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/24/16 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transit

When Joe Calabrese left Central New York RTA to take the helm at Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority 16 years ago, 1.392 million people lived in Cuyahoga County, where they provide 1 cent on every purchase to support RTA operations. The sales tax contribution covers more than 70% of RTA’s operating budget, but has been sliding since 11 separate transit...

<br />Greater Cleveland RTA serves a top 20 transit market, according to CEO Joe Calabrese, who has resided over the largest cut from state and local support in agency history.

Tiny homes coming to Cleveland EcoVillage

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/30/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Green buildings, Walking

Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO) and Citizens Bank have plans to build Cleveland’s first two tiny homes. Tiny homes—on trailers or on hard-to-build lots—are popping up across the U.S. They’ve had their Portlandia moment. Shareable reports that 11 tiny home villages are in design or under construction.

Small is beautiful<br />Final design for the tiny home slated for the Cleveland EcoVillage. Image: Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization.<br />Cleveland tiny home is based on Colorado firm Tumbleweed's Widbey model. Image from Tumbleweed (shown with modifications).

Transit is greener, national study confirms

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/25/15 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Transit

Transit systems in the U.S. are reducing the greenhouse gases that are the leading cause of climate change. Without them, American cities would be even bigger producers of air pollution and sprawl. That's the conclusion of a new, landmark study from the Transportation Research Board (TRB) which confirms the very bedrock ideas held about transit—starting with its measurable effect on the...

Greener way to go<br />Natural gas fueled bus in Cleveland.

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