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Kasich changes Strickland's mass transit promises
But his budget still allots more for local public transit than in past years

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The new services that the Greater Cleveland RTA planned to implement in April will have to wait.


RTA had planned to extend weekend trolley service and set up routes among colleges and universities with help from the state. Former Governor Ted Strickland had pledged 150 million dollars in competitive grants over three years to Ohio’s public transit agencies.


Governor John Kasich rescinded the pledge, cutting the grants to 80 million dollars. That’s still more than local agencies have been getting.


Cleveland RTA’s spokesman Jerry Masek (Mah-SICK) says the system cannot add services without the 2.2 million dollars it expected from the state.

Jerry Masek on RTA plans

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Masek says the Cleveland RTA will likely lay off no one this year.  Some other public transit agencies in Northeast Ohio, including the Stark Area transit authority, never got the grants so they’re unaffected by cuts.  

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It's my understanding that this high speed rail system would average 45mph, with stops in major North/South OH cities. What would one do for transportation once you were dropped off in Columbus? This does not sound like a good idea to me.

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