Group plans rally to fight RTA rate increase

Posted at 5:23 AM, Mar 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-21 05:24:26-04

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority will begin a series of public meetings Monday to discuss proposed fare increases and the elimination of routes.

The changes are being proposed to offset a $7 million budget gap, according to the company.

RTA's general manager and CEO, Joe Calabrese, said the proposed changes will affect every customer.

"By law, we must balance our budget. To be good stewards of public money, we must look at all possible alternatives. Your comments will help guide our final decision," Calabrese said in a statement on the RTA website.

Riders in Northeast Ohio aren't happy about the proposed changes. 

A group of riders plan to rally at Monday's public meeting. They say their plan is to share stories from riders who will be affected by the changes in an effort to stop the increase in fares.

RTA will hold two public meetings on Monday at it's main office on W. 6th St. The first meeting starts at noon and the second meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

Click here to see the breakdown of proposed fares.