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  • My comment on this is blaming the state: yes. But also, regional leaders in NE Ohio deserve blame. Because NE Ohio has gotten money from the state for transportation projects when we’ve asked for it. We got $10 million for a pedestrian bridge (Thanks, GCP!) and we got $260 some million for the Opportunity Corridor, plus another huge boatload for two innerbelt bridges. Our leaders, the real power brokers, haven’t pushed for this because they don’t care. Incredibly shortsighted and irresponsible. More than 30,000 rides a day on this rail system. Even though we don’t appreciate it, it is a gem.

    • Tim

      Obviously the state wouldn’t fully fund the replacement rail cars, even if it provided an adequate level of funding on par with, say Illinois or Michigan, because there would probably be a federal share and there would likely need to be a local match. But your point is well taken, as there have been recent instances in which the state stepped in to provide additional support to GCRTA to help fill funding gaps, even as the overall level of general revenue funding continued to decline. For instance, GCRTA notes that the state doled out one-time grants during the height of the Great Recession in 2009 to help fill its funding gaps. Those dried up as the impact of the Recession dissipated, but there is precedent there for the state to help step in. That said, the change in administration affects that as well.

  • Cleveland Streetcar

    The rail system will shut down. Why? It will take 5 years just to prepare the bid Specs for the new fleet, those specs haven’t even begun to be drawn, yet we need new car by 2020. we have already passed that red line. Only thing we can hope for is mild winter.

    • EatRighteous

      Took the red line last night and trains were only running 35 minute frequency instead of 15 minutes- had to single track around a broken train at Cedar-University.. it’s not just winter unfortunately… And the red line cars are supposed to last another 10 years.

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  • Aww, come-on, those old transit cars will last another 25 years if they have to. Anyone besides me old-enough to remember the old Shaker Rapid cars that ran for almost 50 years? I used to ride on these cars back in the 1970s and 1980s back when they were falling apart and full of rattles, with windows that wouldn’t close and ripped-up upholstery, covered in a thick layer of dust.

    http://www.jtbell.net/transit/images/Cleveland/SHRT/Junction1.jpg

    http://www.brooklynrail.net/images/cleveland_in_service/BHRA_shrt90.jpg

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