CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - RTA releases additional information about the low ridership "Big Bus" Routes which will be modified or eliminated on September 20, 2009.
Officials of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority released the list of the low ridership "Big Bus" routes that will be modified or eliminated effective September 20, 2009. These routes are in addition to the Community Circulators routes, which have received significant media and public attention.
These modifications were fully discussed at several public hearings in 2008, but official action on these services was deferred until September 2009. Although modification of these routes was included in the 2009 budget that was adopted by the Board of Trustees in December of 2008, it was hoped that action could be avoided if additional revenues were made available. Unfortunately, this was not the case as the national recession has resulted in much fewer revenues for RTA. Revenues to RTA from the Sales Tax alone are projected to be over $18 million less in 1009 than in 2008.
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The following service modifications and eliminations will take place effective Sunday, September 20, 2009.
#5 Chagrin - Service between Lander Road and Chagrin Falls will be discontinued
#18 W. 11th - Hinckley -Discontinue route due to low ridership
#33 Central - Discontinue route due to low ridership. #8 Cedar and #11 Quincy are alternative routes
#43 Lake-Wolf- Discontinue route except for two early morning westbound and two early evening eastbound trips
#46 Rocky River-Westlake (Detroit Rd.) Discontinue evening and weekend service. Operate throughout the business day Mon-Fri, and end route at the Westgate Transit Center, for transfer to other services, instead of the Triskett Red Line Station.
#49 Center Ridge - Serve Crocker Park and end route at the Westgate Transit Center, for transfer to other services, instead of the Triskett Red Line Station
#68 Bagley - Discontinue route except weekday service between Tri-C West and Southwest General Hospital
#70 Bunts - W. 150th - On weekends, operate only the part of the route between the Triskett and Puritas Red Line Stations. Weekend service hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
#76 Broadway-Turney - Weekend service hours will be 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
#83 W. 130th - Weekend service hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Weekday evening alignment will be used all day on weekends
#86 Warren-Berea - Weekend service hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
#87 Westwood- Discontinue route due to very low ridership
#88 Broadway-Northfield - Discontinue weekend service due to low weekend ridership and the availability of other weekend service in the same general area
#90F Broadway-Libby - Discontinue service beyond Oakwood Loop
#96 Butternut - Discontinue route due to very low ridership.
"We have run out of options and time" said CEO and General Manager Joe Calabrese. " We were able to hold on to these services for 12 months longer than we originally thought, but now we are left with no choice. We simply can't spend money we don't have."
RTA is urging customers to attend one of 12 Community Meetings being held to assist customers to identify alternative RTA services.
Date Location Time
Aug. 10 Southgate Transit Center 10 am - 6 pm
Aug. 11 W. 25th St. Rapid Station 10 am - 6 pm
Aug. 12 Westgate Transit Center 10 am - 6 pm
Aug. 13 West Park Rapid Station 10 am - 6 pm
Aug. 14 W. 117th Rapid Station 10 am - 6 pm
Aug. 17 Lakewood Public Library 10 am - 6 pm
15425 Detroit Ave.
Aug. 18 Cleve. Pub. Library-Addison 10 am - 6 pm
6901 Superior Ave.
Aug. 19 Cleve. Pub. Library-Fleet 10 am - 5:30 pm
7224 Broadway Ave.
Aug. 20 Euclid Library 10 am - 6 pm
631 E. 222nd St.
Aug. 20 Cleveland Hts. City Hall 10 am - 2 pm
40 Severance Circle
Aug. 21 Cleve. Pub. Library- Collinwood 10 am - 5:30 pm
856 E. 152nd Street
Aug. 24 Harvard-Lee Library 10 am - 6 pm
16918 Harvard Ave.