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As Pittsburgh grows its transit use, Cleveland struggles

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/01/15 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transit, Transportation choices

For many Northeast Ohioans, transit exists only at the extremes: either it’s a luxury or a lifeline. For many, their interaction with transit involves driving to a train station in the suburbs, parking their car (for free) and riding a train when they want to go to a ballgame or to save on the cost of a monthly parking pass...

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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.

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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The false choice around transit (and what we can do about it)

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/05/15 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transit

As Ohio lawmakers prepare to vote next week on a state budget which had a modest $1 million increase for transit before even that was cut, we're left wondering, why is transit so often confused with charity? Jarrett Walker has a theory: The language we use to describe transit is “binary” and that leads to false choices. Walker, a consultant to transit...

<br />Passengers board an RTA train in Cleveland. Image: Jerry Masek.

Ohio moves backward on transit, doubles down on highways

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/24/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transit, Driving

Ohio’s budget came out this week. Since we’re an environmental blog, we’ll cut to the chase and focus on the $7 billion for transportation.

Good run<br />Greater Cleveland RTA will need to replace its buses and trains soon like the eight year old HealthLine buses seen here.How many highways?<br />Instead of keeping in good repair, for much less money, this highway, State Route 23 near Scioto County Fairgrounds, Ohio wants to build the $429 million Portsmouth Bypass.

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