CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority will offer free rides on June 22 to coincide with Xtinguish Torch Fest, Blazing Paddles race and a host of other events planned for the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Cuyahoga River fire.The RTA Board on Tuesday accepted a $75,000 grant from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to sponsor the free-fare Saturday.A highlight of Cuyahoga50 is the five-day event scheduled from June 19 to 23. Dozens of community groups and other partners will host a series of clean water events during at various locations along the river. There’s also lots more: lighted boat parade, a Western Reserve Rowing Association regatta, Great Lakes Burning River Fest at the historic Coast Guard Station, doubleheader international men’s soccer tournament and an Indians game against the Detroit Tigers. Check out all the fun planned on RocktheLake.com/events. … [Read more...] about Free RTA rides on June 22 for anniversary of Cuyahoga River fire
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By The Associated PressA roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts:CLAIM: “US asylum officer to me: elective Lasik surgery is offered to all female migrants in family detention. Children given braces. All no cost. Then catch and release into the interior. Migrants calling home with this news of these incredible benefits, and the rush here goes on.” -- Tweet. THE FACTS: Female migrants are not offered elective LASIK eye surgery and children are not being given braces while in family detention, despite what a tweet circulating widely claims. Todd Bensman, a Texas-based senior national security fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, who posted the tweet, told The Associated Press he spoke with the asylum officer but was “not attesting to the veracity” of the details in … [Read more...] about AP Fact Check: Free Lasik offered at migrant detention centers? Nope.
CLEVELAND, Ohio—Board members of the Regional Transit Authority criticized current paratransit contractors today but voted to recommend multiyear deals with two of the three as well as a similar deal with a new contractor from Mississippi. RTA committee recommends paratransit contractors Contractors and RTA officials said that new vehicles, equipment, standards, penalties and wage hikes would make for smoother rides.The full board should vote Feb. 19 on the contracts. A board committee recommended them today with the condition that RTA staff provide more details meanwhile.The deals would last three years, with RTA options for fourth and fifth years, at a total cost of $54 million. There would be penalties for late or missed rides. RTA could cancel or change contractors at any time with 30 days’ notice.Nine companies sought work, and RTA staff has recommended three: current contractors Provide A Ride, also known as Future Age, of Warrensville Heights, and the nonprofit … [Read more...] about RTA hires old and new paratransit contractors
Longterm trustees of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority must realize their share in RTA's serious management failures. Their lapses as overseers of Cuyahoga County's public transit system should have put them on notice that among the changes needed is a revamped makeup of the RTA board. Apart from three recent appointees, the board's remaining six trustees should start the new year by resigning, to allow a fresh group to evaluate the important parallel efforts under way to get RTA on a smart path for the future. The transit system remains under dangerous financial stress. It lacks permanent leadership and urgently needs a makeover and new vision. That can best be remedied with new board oversight. This is not to say that the six longer-tenured trustees bear specific or equal responsibility for RTA board omissions. But their departure would complete the recognition already seen in three new board appointments that the system needs … [Read more...] about The Greater Cleveland RTA board needs new faces: editorial
CLEVELAND, Ohio--Joe Calabrese's final contract with the Regional Transit Authority cuts his duties, hours, pay and benefits. Struggling with cutbacks and scandal, trustees approved a replacement pact July 24 for the 19 remaining months of Calabrese's previous contract, signed in 2012. A close look at the deal shows that his pay and benefits will gradually shrink and no perks will be added. On Sept. 1, the 66-year-old will lose his current titles: general manager, chief executive officer and secretary/treasurer. He'll become senior advisor for special projects and strategic innovation. On March 1, he'll go part-time, working eight hours per month or more at the discretion of the new boss while losing several long-time benefits. On March 1, 2020, he'll depart and get no further compensation. The new contract boosts Calabrese in just one way: He'll be paid for accrued time off a little sooner than under his previous contract. Because of previous contracts, he's already … [Read more...] about RTA phases out CEO Joe Calabrese’s pay, benefits, duties