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Re: Greater Cleveland RTA News & Discussion
« Reply #12630 on: August 28, 2018, 02:19:48 PM »
RTA gives six-figure payout to official it planned to fire in connection with health-care scam

A trustee of the Regional Transit Authority accuses General Manager Joe Calabrese of failing to tell the board that he authorized a six-figure payout for an official that RTA investigators had accused of contributing to a scam that cost the agency hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Board member Karen Moss complained in an email to board members that she was left to learn from a report last week by Cleveland Channel 8 News that Bruce Hampton Sr., former RTA human resources chief, will receive more than $125,000.

"Basically, Joe and [the RTA legal department] settled with Bruce Hampton on July 25 and forgot to tell us," Moss scoffed in the email obtained by cleveland.com. "Isn't this exactly the type of issue we asked to know about? We specifically told Joe we did not want to hear about what was going on at RTA in the news."

Hampton, who resigned in July after he was suspended without pay, will receive the payout in exchange for not suing the transit authority.

https://www.cleveland.com/naymik/index.ssf/2018/08/rta_gives_six-figure_payout_to.html

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Re: Greater Cleveland RTA News & Discussion
« Reply #12631 on: August 28, 2018, 03:28:14 PM »
Did I miss something?  What's this all about?

http://www.riderta.com/service-alerts/waterfront-line-replacement

@jam40jeff Reports are that the Waterfront portion of GCRTA's Blue/Green rail lines will return to service before the end of the day Wednesday, Thursday at the latest, so it will be fully operational for this weekend's air show.

Poor track Flats East Bank station to the end of line caused two minor derailments so RTA shut down the line. Emergency crews from Delta Railroad Construction are reportedly on site replacing track. Specifically, I'm told GCRTA had a problem with an interlocking where a switch (Turnout #125) wasn't locking at the end of the line, preventing trains from crossing over to the track inbound to Tower City. The two derailments were because of bad track on one of the curves near turnout 121 which appears to be be near the Port of Cleveland.

Thanks!  Good news that it's temporary.  RTA really ought to communicate these things better.

EDIT: Just read your previous reply.  That makes sense that Joe C. would rather leave the public in the dark completely than have to admit a deficiency.
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Re: Greater Cleveland RTA News & Discussion
« Reply #12632 on: August 30, 2018, 08:50:56 PM »
Former RTA manager says his boss, Joe Calabrese, knew three years ago about then-board president's unpaid health-care premiums
https://articles.cleveland.com/naymik/index.ssf/2018/08/former_rta_manager_says_his_bo.amp
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Re: Greater Cleveland RTA News & Discussion
« Reply #12633 on: August 31, 2018, 03:29:42 PM »
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Streetcar, bus, and metro systems have been ignoring one lesson for 100 years:  Service drives demand.

https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2018/08/how-america-killed-transit/568825/

Excellent article that outlines some mass transit history in the US.

Another great quote accompanying some maps (including Columbus):

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Below is a set of maps that show the present-day network rail and bus lines operating at least every 30 minutes, all day to midnight, seven days a week, for five urban areas in the U.S. and one in Canada for comparison. That could be considered the bare-minimum service level required for people to be able to live adequately car free. In fact, research says that frequencies of 15 minutes or better—good enough for people to turn up and go without consulting a schedule—are where the biggest jumps in ridership happen. But that is so far off from service levels in most American cities that a 30-minute standard is more appropriate.[/unquote]

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Re: Greater Cleveland RTA News & Discussion
« Reply #12634 on: August 31, 2018, 09:37:07 PM »
RTA trustee resigns in frustration at management problems
https://articles.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2018/08/rta_trustee_resigns_in_frustra.amp

Addition by subtraction. Sonny hosted a fundraiser for Trump. And Google "Nardi, Cleveland" to learn about this family's illustrious history here.
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Re: Greater Cleveland RTA News & Discussion
« Reply #12635 on: September 01, 2018, 01:16:05 AM »
^I followed your advice to google.  Why would the PD do this?:

I see the date of Feb 28, 2011 and the headline:  "Union boss Nardi dies in bombing"

WTF--we had a bombing in 2011, like back in the 70s?!?  I was taken aback. Really. Then I see this:  "(Originally published in The Plain Dealer on May 18, 1977.)"

I haven't even read the article yet I'm so distracted by this. Why would the PD do this?  Is this to sell papers/get clicks?  Just rehash old stories?  I now the PD has been going downhill lately, but this? There's no paragraph even adding 'new information' even though that should be a separate--and newly dated--article. Any idea what they're doing? Will we see "AMERICAN AIRLINES HITS TOWER" at some point and then later see (originally printed sept 2001.)?


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Re: Greater Cleveland RTA News & Discussion
« Reply #12636 on: September 01, 2018, 12:59:26 PM »
This op-ed piece claims professional management of NYC transit agency real estate could fund the maintenance backlog. The proposal probably wouldn't have the same payoff in Cleveland because of real estate values, but it's still an approach worth considering.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york-can-earn-the-money-to-pay-for-better-subways-1535747410
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Re: Greater Cleveland RTA News & Discussion
« Reply #12637 on: September 02, 2018, 02:51:47 AM »
^I followed your advice to google.  Why would the PD do this?:

I see the date of Feb 28, 2011 and the headline:  "Union boss Nardi dies in bombing"

WTF--we had a bombing in 2011, like back in the 70s?!?  I was taken aback. Really. Then I see this:  "(Originally published in The Plain Dealer on May 18, 1977.)"

I haven't even read the article yet I'm so distracted by this. Why would the PD do this?  Is this to sell papers/get clicks?  Just rehash old stories?  I now the PD has been going downhill lately, but this? There's no paragraph even adding 'new information' even though that should be a separate--and newly dated--article. Any idea what they're doing? Will we see "AMERICAN AIRLINES HITS TOWER" at some point and then later see (originally printed sept 2001.)?



Why does everything have to be so dramatic? The sky is not falling.

Do you really think the PD is trying to sell papers by putting a story from 1977 on their website? That they are trying for clicks?  The article says“updated on March 4, 2011” which is not, as you say, “lately”.

The article was probably digitized for the website on March 4,2011, hence the update, with the very clear indication that the article is from 1977. Please take a breath and use common sense before you post. This overreaction is almost as unnecessary as your all caps shouting in the Cleveland Hopkins thread.   

https://www.google.com/amp/s/articles.cleveland.com/pdextra/2011/02/union_boss_nardi_dies_in_bombi.amp
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Re: Greater Cleveland RTA News & Discussion
« Reply #12638 on: September 02, 2018, 07:50:06 PM »
Getting old and cranky I guess, and less tolerant of shoddy work....

Interestingly, on Chrome, the website says, "Posted Feb 28, 2011" but on Firefox it says "Updated March 4, 2011 PM; Posted February 28, 2011". But in either case it should say in the date line "Posted/Updated whatever' Originally published:......1977" Its a 1977 article, not from 2011.

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Re: Greater Cleveland RTA News & Discussion
« Reply #12639 on: September 05, 2018, 12:33:17 PM »
Hearing some interesting rumors from RTA's union people. Apparently their union contracts say that if any management person gets buyout (which the union is contending the human resources director got a buyout) that pays for PERS credits, then union workers have to be offered the same deal. Could open a can of worms and, if so, could cost RTA millions.
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Re: Greater Cleveland RTA News & Discussion
« Reply #12640 on: September 05, 2018, 01:19:13 PM »
Hearing some interesting rumors from RTA's union people. Apparently their union contracts say that if any management person gets buyout (which the union is contending the human resources director got a buyout) that pays for PERS credits, then union workers have to be offered the same deal. Could open a can of worms and, if so, could cost RTA millions.


Whoever negotiated the union contract should be fired.

A city with this degree of poverty and this level of brokenness in terms of transport in general, and transit in particular, cannot afford to pay union workers not to work.

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Re: Greater Cleveland RTA News & Discussion
« Reply #12641 on: September 05, 2018, 01:44:44 PM »
Hearing some interesting rumors from RTA's union people. Apparently their union contracts say that if any management person gets buyout (which the union is contending the human resources director got a buyout) that pays for PERS credits, then union workers have to be offered the same deal. Could open a can of worms and, if so, could cost RTA millions.


Whoever negotiated the union contract should be fired.

A city with this degree of poverty and this level of brokenness in terms of transport in general, and transit in particular, cannot afford to pay union workers not to work.

Perhaps the same thinking holds true for giving people golden parachutes. 

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Re: Greater Cleveland RTA News & Discussion
« Reply #12642 on: September 06, 2018, 08:56:46 AM »
Hearing some interesting rumors from RTA's union people. Apparently their union contracts say that if any management person gets buyout (which the union is contending the human resources director got a buyout) that pays for PERS credits, then union workers have to be offered the same deal. Could open a can of worms and, if so, could cost RTA millions.


Whoever negotiated the union contract should be fired.

A city with this degree of poverty and this level of brokenness in terms of transport in general, and transit in particular, cannot afford to pay union workers not to work.

Perhaps the same thinking holds true for giving people golden parachutes. 

For sure.  At a very minimum, there needs to be some level of accountability.  Sometimes, paying someone to shut up and go away is better than the alternatives.  Sometimes it is not.  As a public agency, I believe taxpayers are entitled to understand GCRTA's decisionmaking process and the data that fed into it, and then to take appropriate action if it was clearly unwarranted.

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Re: Greater Cleveland RTA News & Discussion
« Reply #12643 on: September 06, 2018, 02:02:28 PM »
@GCRTA
#CuyahogaGreenways public meeting #4. This maps displays one of the key challenges this region must tackle: getting people to jobs.
https://twitter.com/GCRTA/status/1037395409570803712
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Re: Greater Cleveland RTA News & Discussion
« Reply #12644 on: September 10, 2018, 12:47:52 PM »
@GCRTA
#CuyahogaGreenways public meeting #4. This maps displays one of the key challenges this region must tackle: getting people to jobs.
https://twitter.com/GCRTA/status/1037395409570803712


In general:  yes.

But especially transit-dependent people to and from those jobs for which they are most likely to be qualified.  Meaning, in many cases, reverse commutes.

Given that we are broke and that no one seems to know how to fix that, we need to concentrate, IMO, on serving those who have no alternative.  I've long advocated extending service in middle-class suburbs for a lot of reasons.  I still do.  But middle-class and wealthier riders can't be the priority.  Not now.  They have other choices.  The transit-dependent, by definition, do not.

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Re: Greater Cleveland RTA News & Discussion
« Reply #12645 on: September 14, 2018, 09:51:28 AM »
Engage surveyed 650 young professionals. 60 percent said they planned to continue living in Cleveland for 10 years.

Asked to identify top 3 challenges in Cleveland, number 1 response was PUBLIC TRANSIT.

Are Northeast Ohio's business & elected officials listening??

https://twitter.com/SheehanHannan/status/1040579648873267203
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Re: Greater Cleveland RTA News & Discussion
« Reply #12646 on: September 14, 2018, 10:44:54 AM »
Engage surveyed 650 young professionals. 60 percent said they planned to continue living in Cleveland for 10 years.

Asked to identify top 3 challenges in Cleveland, number 1 response was PUBLIC TRANSIT.

Are Northeast Ohio's business & elected officials listening??

https://twitter.com/SheehanHannan/status/1040579648873267203

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Re: Greater Cleveland RTA News & Discussion
« Reply #12647 on: September 14, 2018, 10:18:22 PM »
I attended the annual NOACA conference today. While the main topic of discussion was Hyperloop (including a pretty cool VR demonstration), the general importance of public transit was continually discussed by all speakers. Armond Budish devoted the entirety of his time speaking about RTA - particularly the ridiculously low funding from the state compared to other states, and the necessity of connecting workers to outlying job hubs. Grace Gallucci focused on the importance of transit in attracting and retaining millennials to the region, and NOACA even has a rail expansion plan, the map of which was probably the most beautiful slide of the day. This compares to almost no mention of highways, and not a single word about the Opportunity Corridor. There seems to be alot of hope riding on a new governor and changed up legislature come November to be the answer to the problems though. They are certainly talking about it.

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Re: Greater Cleveland RTA News & Discussion
« Reply #12648 on: September 14, 2018, 10:32:59 PM »
Thats totally crazy that we will have a new governor in Ohio that actually might respect the cities and transit funding.
I watched the Frontline special on Dayton and it was obvious that Dayton is suffering from getting funding from the state as are all the cities.  Its great that there is a rainy day fund but do we need to have it at $2.8 billion this year.  Maybe it could be $2.2 and $600 million could be given out to the cities that need it.

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Re: Greater Cleveland RTA News & Discussion
« Reply #12649 on: September 14, 2018, 11:22:40 PM »
If the state invested the rainy day fund in treasuries, it could produce about $120 million per year for public transportation in Ohio, and leverage at least as much in federal transportation funds, some of which Ohio cannot tap because it lacks the nonfederal match. That $240 million per year is almost 10 times what Ohio is budgeting for public transportation now.
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Re: Greater Cleveland RTA News & Discussion
« Reply #12650 on: September 19, 2018, 03:00:33 PM »
Hopkins Airport service turns 50yrs old in November. 1st airport-to-downtown service in America.

https://www.progressiverailroading.com/passenger_rail/news/Cleveland-RTA-to-mark-50th-anniversary-of-airport-service--55641

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Re: Greater Cleveland RTA News & Discussion
« Reply #12651 on: Yesterday at 07:51:12 AM »
If the state invested the rainy day fund in treasuries, it could produce about $120 million per year for public transportation in Ohio, and leverage at least as much in federal transportation funds, some of which Ohio cannot tap because it lacks the nonfederal match. That $240 million per year is almost 10 times what Ohio is budgeting for public transportation now.

OK.  Time for some fun (maybe?).  Image we did have 10x the current level of funding.  For simplicity's sake, let's pretend all that funding could be used for our choice of either capital or operating costs.  What could we do with that? 

My first thoughts, in no particular order.  Note that the intention is not spend money willy-nilly, but to improve expand the system to the point where, when factoring in all measurable externalities, it begins to operate at a profit rather than a loss for the region as a whole and especially the city of Cleveland.

(a) Catch up on all the deferred maintenance issues, since that maximizes the revenue minus costs going forward.

(b) Offer frequent, rapid, and reliable service on a well-known set of corridors, with the goal of making a carless lifestyle possible on those corridors.  (N.B.: Also work with local and transit police to reduce both the reality and the perception of violent crime at stops and stations to near-zero.)

(c) Work with state, local municipalities, etc. to allow traffic signal prioritization and therefore *true* BRT on various appropriate corridors, starting with the three we already have (Euclid, Clifton and W. 25) and expanding as needed.

(d) Start whittling down the numbers of major employment and residential centers in the county that are greatly undeserved by transit.

(e) Build the Red Line extensions to Euclid.

(f) Build some sort of true rail loop in and around downtown.

(g) Look into working with adjacent counties, NOACA, etc. to re-establish commuter rail in places where it makes sense.


Other folks' thoughts??

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Re: Greater Cleveland RTA News & Discussion
« Reply #12652 on: Yesterday at 08:01:10 AM »
Create a citywide Transit Oriented development corporation to act basically as a citywide CDC for all areas along major transit corridors. The mission of this organization will be to maximize the use of land around RTA stations and drive ridership.

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Re: Greater Cleveland RTA News & Discussion
« Reply #12653 on: Yesterday at 02:39:50 PM »
If the state invested the rainy day fund in treasuries, it could produce about $120 million per year for public transportation in Ohio, and leverage at least as much in federal transportation funds, some of which Ohio cannot tap because it lacks the nonfederal match. That $240 million per year is almost 10 times what Ohio is budgeting for public transportation now.

OK.  Time for some fun (maybe?).  Image we did have 10x the current level of funding.  For simplicity's sake, let's pretend all that funding could be used for our choice of either capital or operating costs.  What could we do with that? 

My first thoughts, in no particular order.  Note that the intention is not spend money willy-nilly, but to improve expand the system to the point where, when factoring in all measurable externalities, it begins to operate at a profit rather than a loss for the region as a whole and especially the city of Cleveland.

(a) Catch up on all the deferred maintenance issues, since that maximizes the revenue minus costs going forward.

(b) Offer frequent, rapid, and reliable service on a well-known set of corridors, with the goal of making a carless lifestyle possible on those corridors.  (N.B.: Also work with local and transit police to reduce both the reality and the perception of violent crime at stops and stations to near-zero.)

(c) Work with state, local municipalities, etc. to allow traffic signal prioritization and therefore *true* BRT on various appropriate corridors, starting with the three we already have (Euclid, Clifton and W. 25) and expanding as needed.

(d) Start whittling down the numbers of major employment and residential centers in the county that are greatly undeserved by transit.

(e) Build the Red Line extensions to Euclid.

(f) Build some sort of true rail loop in and around downtown.

(g) Look into working with adjacent counties, NOACA, etc. to re-establish commuter rail in places where it makes sense.


Other folks' thoughts??

Check out the thread at:

https://www.urbanohio.com/forum/index.php/topic,30302.0.html
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