Nov. 15 – Committees and Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
Covered by Documenter Giorgiana Lascu
What happened: The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) Board of Trustees learned about the proposed 2023 budget. It was the first public hearing on the estimated $324 million budgeted for expenses. GCRTA predicts about $70 million less in total revenue in 2023 compared to this year. Staff expects a two percent increase in fare revenue, from $24.2 million to $24.7 million.
Problems with paratransit: Two residents spoke about issues with paratransit service. One person spoke in person and said drivers are speeding and driving past them. Another spoke over the phone and criticized the timeliness of the service. “I’m nervous every day, ‘Am I going to get fired from being late for work?’” she said. In a Nov. 1 meeting, GCRTA officials noted a recent dip in on-time paratransit performance. Increased ridership and a lack of drivers contributed to the slump.
Read Documenter Giorgiana Lascu’s live Tweet from the meeting:
Learn more about the co-responder expansion legislation from Documenter Najee Hall’s coverage of an Oct. 26 council committee meeting.