(Plain Press, February 2017) A group of Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) riders attended the Cleveland City Council meeting all during January to convince Cleveland City Council that Public Transit belongs in Public Square. The group, Clevelanders for Public Transit plans to continue to attend Cleveland City Council meetings on February 6th and 13th to lobby for the reopening of Superior Avenue for use of buses.
They cited City of Cleveland Ordinance 898-03 that created the Downtown Transit Zone and a dedicated transit lane on Superior Avenue through Public Square as required by an agreement between GCRTA and the City of Cleveland. A flier from the group states “The permanent closure announced by Mayor Jackson in November was out of order, and undermines City Council’s Authority.
They noted the $12-dollar fine that will be imposed by the Federal Transportation Administration if the City of Cleveland doesn’t open Superior Avenue to buses as promised when the Health Line was built using federal dollars.
Ward 3 Councilman Kerry McCormack was very aware of the issue the transit riders were proposing. He said “We built the square with transit in the middle of it. That is our decision right there. I’m looking into how to enforce it,” he said.
However, Ward 17 Councilman Martin Keane, Chair of Cleveland City Council’s Transportation Committee, when asked about enforcing City Council’s plan for the Downtown Transit Zone, seemed not to know about the proposal from the transit advocates.
For more information about the ordinance and the group and how to get involved go online to: clefortransit.org.